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15 01
2021
Taiwan - NT$118 million losses due to cold spell
A recent cold spell that gripped Taiwan has caused nationwide agricultural losses estimated at NT$118.14 million (US$4.2 million), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday. The most heavily damaged crop was wax apples, which accounted for over NT$70 million of the total agricultural losses, the COA said, citing data valid for the period Dec. 30, 2020 to Jan. 14.
15 01
2021
India - Unseasonal rainfall to reduce grape production by 20%
In Maharashtra’s Nashik district, experts forecast a 20% drop in grape production this year as the ready-to-harvest produce has suffered damage due to the recent, unseasonal rainfall. Grape acreage in the Nashik district is estimated at around 58,367 hectare, including 22,000 hectare in Niphad taluka, 15,758 hectare in Dindori , 11,671 hectare in Nashik and 5,148 hectare in Chandwad.
15 01
2021
Africa - AI-powered tool to combat locust swarms
Recent reports have warned of swarms continuing their southward migration across the Horn of Africa. Last week, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released $1.5 million for desert locust control operations in Kenya, which has since been reeling from its worst infestation in 70 years.
15 01
2021
Spain - Storm Filomena caused €8.4 million worth of damage to crops in Murcia Region
Although Murcia missed the worst of Storm Filomena, there was still significant damage caused to leaf crops, particularly in the 'Alto Guadalentin" area. This region suffered damage totalling €5.8 million, and the Cartagena Mar Menor area which lost around €1.3 million worth of crops.
15 01
2021
Spain - Concerns ahead of the upcoming stone fruit harvest in Catalonia
Unfortunately, the global epidemiological situation in 2021 is not yet under control and everything suggests that the pandemic will continue to be present in the coming months, when the next stone fruit harvest is planned to be carried out. In Catalonia, it will kick off in April.
14 01
2021
Spain - The coming weeks will be tough for vegetables and citrus
The extreme winter weather in Spain isn't problematic for only that country. It's affecting Belgium too. According to Cédric Geens of W. Jonckheere, it's simple. "We're very dependent on Spanish agriculture in both summer and winter. You don't have to be a genius to see that there will be major problems in the coming weeks.