Chief minister and agriculture minister on Wednesday convened a series of meetings with the agriculture department officials and disaster management department and appointed a task force at district level to submit block-wise report by October 15. The government has admitted around 20% loss of paddy and 10% loss to maize throughout the state whereas different districts have suffered varied degree of losses. Among the worst-affected districts are Garhwa and Palamu with 40% expected loss, west Singhbhum with 38% loss, Lohardaga accounting for 35%, Ranchi, Simdega Hazaribag and Ramgarh around 30% and in rest of the districts the loss ranges from 15-20%.
Farmers pinning hopes on the government for succour on the event of crop loss can now heave a sigh of relief. The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to hike the compensation given to farmers for crop loss due to natural calamities. Announcing the decisions, Rural Development Minister said the existing compensation terms were fixed as per the norms of the Union Government. The additional compensation amount will be given by the state government from the Agriculture Department’s funds.
The low pressure induced rain over the last couple of days has failed to cheer up the farmers of non-irrigated pockets of the district. With Bargarh receiving less than normal rainfall from June, it is the non-irrigated belt that has been worst affected. Cracks have appeared on the crop land and the situation is similar at the tail end of the canal system in irrigated areas. In the tail end, water never reaches the cultivated land though farmers pay water cess.
Thousands of acres of India’s sugar crop are suffering severe damage from a faltering monsoon, with some farmers in the world’s second-biggest grower forced to feed withered cane to cattle in the top producing state. After a string of bumper harvests created an Indian sugar glut, drought could cut supply in the marketing year starting in October and there is a risk production will drop below consumption for the first time in seven years in the following 2016/17 season.
Kadur taluk and three hoblis of Chikkamagaluru taluk are reeling under drought-like situation. With the withering of horticulture and agriculture crops, the district administration has estimated the loss at Rs 35.46 crore. The officials from revenue, agriculture and horticulture departments had conducted a joint survey led by tahsildar and submitted a report to the district administratoion. The district administration is likely to submit the report to State government within two days, said highly placed sources to Deccan Herald.
Owing to deficient rainfall in Uttara Kannada district, there was crop loss on about 25,000 hectares so far and the estimated loss was put at Rs. 17crore, according to ZP president. She was addressing the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Karwar on Friday. As per the primary survey, there was crop loss on 9,900 hectares in Mundgod taluk, 9,000 hectares in Haliyal, 5,000 hectares in Sirsi, 450 hectares in Joida, 440 hectares in Yellapur and 230 hectares in Siddapur taluk, she said.
The long dry spell in Jharkhand is worrying both farmers and agriculture scientists who fear crop loss, especially in seven districts, if this weather condition continues for another week. The agriculture department on Thursday convened an 'urgent meeting' of the representatives of farmers' bodies in the state, district agriculture officers and scientists of Birsa Agriculture University to assess the ground situation.
Farmers in 44 counties across Upstate New York are eligible for federal disaster aid after suffering 2015 crop losses from extreme weather that included flash floods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The crop losses were the result of excessive rain, high winds, hail, lightning and tornadoes that occurred between May 1 and July 14, according to USDA Secretary, who authorized the disaster declaration.
Poland will pay more than 500 million zlotys ($135 million) in compensation to the thousands of farmers who have lost crops and fodder because of drought and unusually high temperatures, the agriculture minister said Tuesday. Authorities estimate tens of thousands of Polish farms involving at least 800,000 hectares (2 million acres) have lost large portions of their crops, meat and milk production as pastures have dried up.
As a consequence of climate change, agriculture in many parts of the world has become a riskier business activity. Given the dependence on agriculture in developing countries, this increased risk has a potentially dramatic effect on the lives of people throughout the developing world especially as it relates to their financial inclusion and sustainable access to capital.
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