The irregular weather conditions since mid January may impact the litchi crop’s quality and quantity in Bihar, fear farmers and agriculture scientists. Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts account for more than 62% of India’s litchi production, down from 70% registered till a couple of years back. 45,000 litchi farmers are estimated to be in Muzaffarpur district alone, according to officials.
Severe frosts across France this week have badly damaged buds and flowers in vineyards and fruit orchards and will cut grape harvests in some areas by as much as 90 per cent, according to growers and farmers’ organisations. “It was like winter coming in spring,” said Didier Delagrange, whose family has made wine from grapes grown on the slopes of Volnay in Burgundy for seven generations.
According to the claims reports received by Agroseguros, the abrupt drop in temperatures and frosts recorded during the weekend of March 19 to 21 in Spain affected nearly 38,000 hectares that were insured, which were distributed among more than 31,100 parcels, mostly of fruit, almond, and wine grape crops. According to the insurance company, the compensation estimate amounts to 55 million euro.
Rajshahi mango growers fear losses this year as the buds of their fruits have been severely damaged in a recent hailstorm. The storm went through Rajshahi city and the surrounding area between 2:30pm and 3:30pm on Sunday. Although no casualties were reported, it caused severe damage to crops in rural areas and caused many mango buds to fall from trees. It also caused severe dust storms in the city.
The low temperatures in the north of Italy are causing increasing concern. Below is a partial statement of damage, for each region. In the Monregalese area, in the province of Cuneo, the fruit-growing area par excellence, temperatures have dropped to -3 °, with conspicuous frosts together with advection fog, radiation fog, and minor snowfalls.
Freezing temperatures across much of France this week may have caused severe damage to newly planted sugar beet, adding to the difficulties of a sector hit by crop disease and low prices in recent seasons. Rapeseed could also suffer losses as the oilseed enters the important flowering stage, although cereals in the European Union’s biggest crop producer were seen as less vulnerable, analysts said.
Last week's sub-freezing temperatures took a big bite out of the mountain peach crop. Howard Taylor grows peaches and other fruit at his orchard in Canton. Overnight lows last week dipped to the low 20s. Taylor said the cold came at the most vulnerable time for his KT’s Orchard and Apiary, where many of the trees were in bloom. The cold severely damaged his crop, and he expects a big loss this year.
A dust storm followed by rain hit several areas of Punjab Tuesday night affecting standing crop over 11,645 hectares in at least 4 districts. The storm, said experts, is likely to hit crop yield in the affected area by 2 to 3 per cent. According to a report compiled by the Department of Agriculture, the districts where crop has been affected are Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Bathinda and Mohali.
Conduct a study on disaster risk finance strategies and solutions in ASEAN and its member states and their relevance for the agriculture sector with recommendations for ASEAN and ASEAN Member States (AMS) in order to be better equipped with knowledge of necessary requirements and/or enabling conditions for implementation.
The overall goal of the scoping study was to assess the current state of AUTP program and suggest modifications based on the actuarilly-sound risk pricing and crop exposure for smallholders and SMEs. Suggest the new AYI insurance product in order to reduce the vulnerability of subsistent farmers, farm groups, SMEs to extreme weather events.
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