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28 02
2020
India - Loan waiver plan must cover farmers hit by untimely rains
The Maharashtra government''s loan waiver scheme should cover farmers who suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rains in October last year, the opposition BJP demanded in the assembly. This will leave out cultivators who suffered crop losses due to untimely rains in October last year, the former chief minister said.
28 02
2020
South Africa - Roadmap to a win-win against invasive weeds
Researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, have created the world's first framework, to better guide the management of terrestrial invasive species. By using a big data approach and combining information from the South African National Census of 2011, with the South African Plant Invaders Atlas, the researchers found a way to prioritize targets in the control of invasive species.
28 02
2020
Australia - Fall armyworm spreads to North West Queensland
A dangerous exotic pest that can destroy up to half a farm's crop has been found in North West Queensland. Fall armyworm is an invasive moth that feeds on hundreds of plant species including many important agricultural crops. The American-native has spread across the world to 65 countries since 2016 and is now in Northern Australia.
28 02
2020
Spain - Canary banana plantations heavily damaged by windstorm
The windstorm has caused severe damage to banana plantations in the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro. The north of Tenerife, especially the plantations located in Puerto de la Cruz, is among the most affected areas, with up to 80% of the plants on the ground, and severe damages to those that are still standing.
28 02
2020
UK - Flooding making carrot harvest very challenging
The cold weather and persistent heavy rain have been causing problems for UK growers for months now, most of the vegetable production is under pressure. Many regions are flooded including Newark, Nottingham, where FreshGro is based. “It is very difficult; we are struggling due to the flooding,” explains Alan Hunt from the company.
28 02
2020
Italy - A difficult year for cauliflower
"This cauliflower campaign was not the best, as poor weather conditions and heavy rainfall between November and December resulted in a loss of area of at least 30%, caused by flooding of the fields, which blocked harvesting. The product losses affected the medium-late cultivars the most". This is what the president of Coop. Agr La Montagna, Giuseppe La Montagna.