Following the episode wherein agricultural fields in the state were inundated by heavy rains in 2019, the agriculture department has disbursed crop-loss compensation of Rs 90 lakh from its own budgetary allocation. Farmers were also compensated under the chief minister's relief fund, with an amount of Rs 70.6 lakh.
5,690 tons of crops have been lost in Sudan in all stages of the food chain last year, Undersecretary Abdelgader Turkawi of the Ministry of Agriculture stated. The director of the Technical Department of Food Security at the Ministry, Fatima Hasan El Tahir, said that the missing food is enough to feed almost four million people an entire year.
Wild boars have become a major threat to crops as well as people residing even in villages situated far away from the forests in Pathanamthitta. A rapid increase in wildlife population and the pressure on the fringe areas due to the cultivation of crops along the forest borders have been identified as two major factors leading to the frequent straying of wild animals into human habitation.
The time-tested method of repelling locusts from crops in East Africa is to bang on a metal bucket and whistle loudly. When swarms afflict five countries and swell to the size of Moscow, more drastic measures are needed. In Kenya, police facing the country’s largest outbreak in 70 years have fired machine guns and tear gas into swarms in an effort to prevent them from consuming fields.
Some farmers say last spring, summer, and fall were challenging -- and the federal government agrees. Mike Kiechle is a dairy farmer in the town of Philadelphia. He's still feeling the effects of a wetter crop season in 2019. "I'm buying soybeans and more cornmeal to make the feed more palatable," he said, "as well as more protein and energy in it."
The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association reports that the Hunter Valley has suffered a staggering $42 million loss in tourism revenue over the last three months. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon has called on the Government to recognise 'smoke-taint' as bushfire damage, as the Australian wine industry faces a catastrophic harvest season.
In what is seen as widespread irregularities in disbursing "the highest compensation" announced for crop loss suffered during August floods, farmers say the relief varied widely among themselves despite cultivating the same crop. They also claim that some were given higher relief amount based on their political affiliations.
Rice blast, a fungal disease, haunts farmers, who had raised the Andhra Ponni (BPT-5204 ) variety, in Tiruchi district. With samba paddy harvest getting under way, farmers in some parts of the district have reported a fall in yield due to the disease. While a section of farmers have claimed severe yield loss, sources in the Agriculture Department say that incidence of the disease was confined only to some places where there could have been yield losses ranging from 20% to 50%.
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