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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
The Gujarat government would provide an assistance of Rs 900 per month to farmers who switch to "cow-based organic farming", it said. The announcement was made by Finance Minister Nitin Patel while presenting a Rs 2,17,287 crore budget for 2020-21. The government intends to cover around 50,000 farmers under the scheme, he said.
More than 500 days after Hurricane Michael flattened crops and livelihoods in southwest Georgia, a fresh infusion of emergency aid money is on its way. Top state officials on Wednesday announced a $347 million grant program aimed at farmers and landowners in 95 south Georgia counties who sustained major losses during the historic storm, which made landfall in October 2018 as a Category 5 behemoth.
Shares in Origin Enterprises slumped over 6% today after it said it was cutting its outlook for the full year to the end of July following the impact of "prolonged and challenging weather conditions" in Ireland and the UK. Origin said that as outlined in a trading update in November, significant rainfall in the UK from September to November meant that the total area for winter crops was expected to be 25% down on the previous year.
Small groups of desert locusts were spotted on Abu Dhabi's Dalma Island, but they were exterminated as soon as the sighting was reported, authorities have said. The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (Adafsa) confirmed that its team surveyed a 6sq km area of farmland on the island and got rid of the small gatherings of locusts through fumigation.
Unseasonal rains with hailstorm over the past two days have caused massive damage to crops at several places in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, officials said. According to Bihar government officials, rain and hailstorm in parts of south and north Bihar adjacent to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday damaged flowering and fruiting oilseed, pulses, vegetables, tobacco crop, and blossoming mango orchards.
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