It was late October when Adrian Sparks caught sight of the first smoke rising from the hilly horizon. Within days the haze evolved into drift smoke, which grew thicker as the mountain behind the Mount Pleasant winery in the Hunter Valley caught fire. “It was full-on,” Adrian says. “There was smoke all through November and December. A clear day would still be hazy.
Hundreds of farmers hit by the slow pace in paddy procurement are staring at huge losses as their paddy stocks are exposed to unseasonal rain in Odisha. The State has been receiving widespread rain due to western disturbance since Tuesday. Eighteen of 28 meteorological observation stations in the State recorded rainfall on Wednesday.
Bad weather is the main cause of losses in the fields of Galicia, Spain. The compensations given by insurance companies for damages caused by extreme weather events last year affected more than 3,600 hectares and exceeded 1.4 million Euro, according to data provided by the Spanish Association of Insurance Entities of Combined Agricultural Insurance (Agroseguro).
Southern Mozambique will face a below-average harvest for the third year in a row due to a prolonged drought. Meanwhile, other parts of the country suffer from severe rain and flooding. Southern Mozambique and parts of the southern provinces of Tete, Manica, and Sofala “are facing a drought combined with abnormally high temperatures.”
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.
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