India - Unseasonal rains, hailstorms damage over 18,000 hectares of agricultural land in Maharashtra

17.03.2023 514 views

After a devastating crop loss in early March this year, Maharashtra farmers received another blow as heavy rains and hailstorms on March 16-17, 2023, flattened their ready-to-harvest crops.  

Thousands of farmers have been affected by the unseasonal rains and hailstorms that led to complete harvest losses in Marathwada and the north Maharashtra regions, according to farmers.

At least four villages in the Nanded district were affected after hailstorms destroyed wheat, vegetables, gram and other crops.

Bharad, Neuga and Mutkhed are other regions affected by the hailstorms, said Sainath Shirmevar, a farmer from Dongargaon village.

“The extreme weather condition, affecting thousands, was experienced mainly in these villages. Bharad alone has a population of 8,000 while Dongargaon has 2,000 and Mutkhed being a taluka has over 10,000,” he told Down To Earth.

Shirmevar said the incident started at around 4 am and continued for a couple of hours, leaving a person dead. Hailstorms of at least 2.5 centimetres and strong winds have flattened the standing crops.

Aurangabad division received rainfall of 96.5 millimetres across all eight districts, according to official data from the revenue department.

Mauli Deshmukh, a marginal farmer from Jalna, said rains were reported in Jalna, Hingoli, Aurangabad and Beed districts.

Deshmukh said:

I have suffered damage of about Rs 20,000 on my three-acre farmland. I was planning to pay semester fees for my son’s education by selling the wheat harvest. But I found it flattened this morning, crushing my hopes for a good income.

Deshmukh said he would have to seek more loans, above the current debt of Rs 1.20 lakh, to manage the situation.

Besides Marathwada, northern Maharashtra, comprising Nashik, Jalgaon, Nandurbar and Dhule, also received heavy rains during the wee hours of March 16.

An area of over 1,500 hectares (ha) — including 860 ha in Dhule, 565 ha in Jalgaon, 119 ha in Nashik and the remaining in Nandurbar and neighbouring areas — have suffered losses, according to the official estimates from the agriculture department.

The farmers have reported losses of wheat, gram, vegetables, banana and grapes. These losses cascade to over 17,000 ha of harvest destroyed due to unseasonal rains between March 4 and March 8. 

The rains, thunderstorms and hailstorms will likely continue until the weekend, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

IMD’s daily report stated that widespread and moderate rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds, will likely affect Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra until March 19.

“Isolated hailstorms are likely over Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra,” it read.

Similar hailstorms are likely to occur in Telangana, while rains with thunderstorms are predicted in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. 

Source - https://www.downtoearth.org.in

23.02.2024

USA - Invasive beetles threaten California almond crop

California farmers are responsible for growing 80% of the world's almonds, but an invasive beetle from Australia may be causing a big blow to the industry. The roughly 2.5-millimeter-long Carpohilus truncates beetle has been detected in Stanislaus, Merced, Madera and Kings County.

23.02.2024

Millions of Africans at risk of food and energy insecurity, poverty as climate crisis advances

Extreme weather conditions are expected to have severe repercussions on the economy, agricultural productivity, water resources, and energy security across the developing world, a new study has found.

23.02.2024

Bayer Crop Science Philippines supports vegetable farmers through climate change conditions

The Philippines topped the World Risk Report with a 46.82 world risk index as a country prone to natural calamities due to climate change. The Department of Science and Technology reports that an average of 20 storms and typhoons enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility each year, with about 8 or 9 of them crossing the Philippines, causing loss of lives and destruction to property and livelihoods.

23.02.2024

India - Tamil Nadu allocates Rs 940 crore relief to 12.58 lakh farmers hit by droughts and floods

In a recent announcement, Tamil Nadu's Agriculture Minister M R K Panneerselvam revealed that the state government has allocated Rs 940 crore in relief funds for farmers who faced crop losses due to droughts or floods over the past three years. The aid covers those affected by the December 2023 floods in Thoothukudi district.

23.02.2024

Canada - New $9.2 million aid program for farmers battling climate extremes in province

Imagine standing on the edge of a field, the soil beneath your feet a patchwork of cracks, each one telling a story of struggle against nature's whims. Last year, farmers across our province faced an unprecedented challenge, as wildfires and floods laid siege to their livelihoods, turning fertile fields into stark reminders of vulnerability.

23.02.2024

India - Rabi crops wheat, gram, peas and lentils damaged due to hail, frost and cold

In Madhya Pradesh, the recent onslaught of hail, frost, and excessive cold has wreaked havoc on Rabi crops such as wheat, gram, peas, and lentils. A preliminary survey conducted by the government has revealed distressing numbers, with over 3,000 farmers across 34 tehsils reporting crop damage.

22.02.2024

Italy - Fears of a cold and rainy spring after a mild winter

There continues to be concern about the climatic conditions that have marked this Sicilian citrus campaign, with temperatures high for the seasonal average and the alarming prospect of a cold spring full of atmospheric precipitation. Some concern comes from the Di Pasquale brothers, known as the founders of the Donnalia brand.

22.02.2024

Italy - Orange season in Sicily faces a complex climatic scenario

The situation for Sicilian citrus growers is complex, as they continue to suffer from a prolonged drought that is not helping the already precarious commercial situation. Pietro Russo, a long-time citrus grower from Lentini (SR), discusses the situation and takes stock of the current season.

istanbul escort şişli escort tbilisi escort şişli escort şişli escort maslak escort istanbul escort beşiktaş escort taksim escort izmir escort ümraniye escort mecidiyeköy escort şişli escort taksim escort ümraniye escort kartal escort şirinevler escort maltepe escort istanbul escort ümraniye escort kadıköy escort vip escort mersin escort istanbul escorts ataköy escort avcılar escort beylikdüzü escort okmeydanı escort şişli escort tuzla escort işitme cihazı sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop