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%.
After wreaking havoc on crops in parts of Sindh and Cholistan in Punjab, swarms of locusts have now invaded large swathes of suburban areas of Pakpattan district. Locusts have attacked standing crops, including wheat and vegetables, on thousands of acres in Kalyana, Hota and adjoining areas of the district, inflicting huge losses on farmers.
Minister in charge of Mysuru district V. Somanna on Sunday said the process of assessing the extent of crop loss caused by floods and heavy rains in August last year was under way. He added that the government was committed to compensate the loss to farmers once the estimation was completed. In Mysuru district alone, crop loss had been reported in 4,562.8 hectares, he said.
A new strain of a deadly fungus has wiped out part of Florida's strawberry crop this winter, causing perhaps millions of dollars in losses and raising fears of a new permanent pest. First discovered in the Plant City area east of Tampa -- the center of strawberry production in the state -- the fungus took hold just as harvest season was beginning in December.
Farmers who have suffered extensive crop damage in the recent north-east monsoon have urged the State government to compensate their loss. Raising the issue in the grievance meeting here, farmer Maharajan of MDMK, by showing rotten corn to Collector Sandeep Nanduri, who was chairing the meet, said agriculturists, who had cultivated rain-fed crops, especially corn, had suffered extensive loss due to downpour during the monsoon.
Australian wine producer Tyrell’s has said it has decided to “severely” reduce its 2020 vintage, by as much as 80%, due to fears of smoke taint. Although not directly affected by the serious fires in Australia, the “continued presence of smoke” in the Hunter Valley since late 2019 means that many of the vineyards may have been affected by smoke taint.
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