Ten days of continuous snowfall has left 2.8 million hectares of grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region buried in deep snow, affecting herdsmen and their livestock. The agriculture and animal husbandry bureau of Bayan Nur City said on Wednesday that the snow-hit area accounted for 59 percent of the city's grassland area, with 11,174 rural households and more than 1.8 million livestock affected.
Over 1,500 drone pilots,1,000 crop protection teams and 3,000 drones have been spraying cotton fields in China since late August. XAG has initiated its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) spraying operation – “Take Off for Harvest Time” for the third consecutive year in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
First found in the Americas, fall armyworm has spread through Africa and Asia since 2016, with the moths flying up to 100 km a night. It can't be eradicated and its management is both costly and difficult. This poses a formidable challenge in China where about 90 per cent of crop production comes from small farms of less than a hectare.
An outbreak of African swine fever, a highly contagious disease that’s been called “pig Ebola,” is ravaging Asia’s pig industry with no signs of letting up. The current outbreak of the virus, which kills almost all animals it infects, began in China in August. Since then, some 22 percent of the country’s pig herd has been lost to the disease and to culling, Christine McCracken, an animal protein expert at Rabobank.
The fall armyworm is the larval stage of a moth capable of flying up to 100 kilometers a night. Native to the Americas, the insect somehow made its way to Africa in 2016, where it has since spread to more than 40 countries. Following its appearance in India, Myanmar, and Thailand last year, China’s first sightings of the pest took place in January in southwestern Yunnan province, which borders Myanmar.
The loquat production season is quite short, just as the production season of many other agricultural products. Despite the short production season, loquats enjoy great popularity in the Chinese market. Rao Zhenghua from Suzhou City Wuzhong District Dongshan Longzhen Agricultural Products, stated that the loquat production season in Wuzhong District, Suzhou, officially started in May.
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