On the one hand, the state government is organising various melas and fairs to promote traditional farming, on the other it has failed to provide compensation to farmers of Uttarkashi district who lost their crops due to unseasonal rain a few months ago. The farmers are running from pillar to post to get the compensation for the rabi crops that were damaged due to hailstorm and untimely rain in March-April 2015. The district administration paid compensation to some farming families but around 46,770 farmers are left to be given a relief so far and are running from one office to another to receive the amount they should have got months ago.
South Australian farmers hit by the bushfire north of Adelaide have lost crops worth about $24 million. Unharvested wheat crops bore the brunt of last month's blaze, with more than 22,000 hectares destroyed, worth at least $15 million, Primary Industries SA said. More than 30,000 tonnes of hay, worth about $8 million, was also lost. The bushfire claimed two lives, destroyed close to 500 buildings and burnt through about 82,000 hectares in late November.
The country’s insurance regulator — IRDA — is actively considering the use of satellite remote sensing technology as a mapping tool for agricultural yield estimation and crop losses in a bad monsoon year. The move, aimed at ensuring faster settlement of crop insurance losses, comes at a time when the country has experienced back-to-back monsoon failures — the first since 1986-87. IRDA has concluded a series of discussions with stakeholders in this regard, officials indicated.
Agriculture minister Prathipati Pulla Rao today said the state government will support farmers who have lost their crops in the recent heavy rains. A total of 2,60,000 hectors paddy crops were lost in the state during the recent rains. Nearly 6,000 hectors of fish and prawn cultures were damaged due to rains. The state government will give full support to farmers who have lost the crops. The minster took part in the Telugu Desam Party's 'Jan Chaitanya Yatra' in Gudivada Town of Krishna district.
There are more than 300 growers in South Australia were severely hit by bushfires in November 2015. About $40 million of crops are thought to have been lost in the blaze which today continues to inflict catastrophic damages to country`s agriculture. As a result of the fire, over 120,000 tonnes of crop were lost and total 87,500 ha of agricultural land were burned down, as of December 1, 2015.
Macadamia farms have isolated storm damage, with crop losses varying between 5% and 50%, but supply is still consistent following severe thunder storms over the weekend along the NSW North Coast, and Queensland. Those farms that have been hit are badly affected, but at this stage the extent of the damage should not have a major affect on the Australian crop, says CEO of the Australian Macadamia Society.
Farmers hit by the bushfire in South Australia's Mid North could be facing years of land rehabilitation to restore their properties. About $40 million of crops are thought to have been lost in the blaze north-east of Adelaide, but the fire has also razed the land — leaving farmers to battle erosion and top soil loss. The Insurance Council of Australia said the total insured losses from the fire was more than $88 million and a large part of was crop and farming claims.
At least 16 farmers from Barangays Mangin and Salisay in Dagupan City benefited from the crop insurance program implemented by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). Mayor Belen Fernandez said that for the first time, farmers whose crops were destroyed during the onslaught of typhoons Kabayan and Lando received compensation amounting to between P5,700 and P33,000 each from PCIC.
A study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) here has advocated a more meaningful system to assess relief for farmers to cover both crop loss and input cost for the next season. It advocates a good crop insurance product, one which is flexible, has fast payouts and follows a transparent and modern process of damage assessment. In a report issued on Thursday, titled ‘Livid Anomaly’, on the unseasonal rain and hail that damaged large tracts of the standing rabi crop in the 2015 season, CSE said it estimated the total economic loss at Rs 20,453 crore.
Farmers have lost more than 10 million tonnes of rabi crops, valued at above Rs 20,000 crore, due to unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in February-April this year, CSE said in a report. India may have to import 10 lakh tonnes of wheat in 2015-16 as about 68.2 lakh tonnes were lost due to unseasonal rainfall, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said in its report, titled 'Lived Anomaly'. In February-April 2015, standing crops on 182.38 lakh hectares or 29.61 per cent of the entire rabi sown area were affected. Six-seven per cent of this was wheat crop.
FIGURES are starting to emerge for massive crop losses caused by the Esperance fires, with WA Farmers saying the damage bill will likely be “in excess of $60 million”. WA Farmers President said $60 million was a conservative figure based on 200,000 tonnes of grain losses. The firestorm, which claimed four lives after being sparked by lightning on Sunday, has razed more than 130,000ha and decimated crops during what would have been a bumper season.
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