Alessandro Morini, a producer with almost 40 hectares of apple orchards in the Verona province, explains that the damage appeared to be more limited right after the frost, however, 8 days later, the situation does not appear to be good. "Gala and Golden are the varieties most affected. Quantities and quality have dropped and costs are higher.
The 21-day nationwide lockdown coincides with peak harvest season of Rabi (winter-sown) crops in many parts of the country, triggering demand for some regulated exemptions for farmers and farm laborers so that they don't lose their produce. The crops of wheat, gram, mustard and lentils are ready for harvest in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other parts in central India.
The spring rains caused by westerly weather systems are not unusual in Pakistan. And it is also not unusual that they cause a lot of losses and damage. They unleash torrential downpours, trigger avalanches, and flooding and sometimes also usher in harsh winter weather. In some cases, the collateral hailstorms seriously damage the wheat crop.
Australian supermarkets are reportedly grappling with a shortage of broccoli and different produce because the nation’s huge bushfires have ravaged farms. Coles, one of Australia’s largest grocery retailer chains, mentioned broccoli providers are struggling due to the fires, which have slammed at least 19,000 farmers.
A recent heavy downpour has flattened wheat plants in several districts of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. Farmers worried about damage and quality of wheat output after harvest due to untimely rains in North India. Farmers faced yet another challenge due to heavy rain accompanied by winds throughout last week.
A bill signed into law by Gov. Tony Evers will protect farmers from taking a double financial hit when their crops are damaged or cannot be planted due to weather or other natural causes. The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s leading dairy lobbying group, applauded the governor along with the legislation’s authors for the bi-partisan effort.
The Kodagu district which was devastated by last year’s floods lost crops grown in over 86,000 hectares due to the floods. Maintaining that crop loss compensation has been directly credited to the bank accounts of the affected farmers through software specially developed for the purpose, Patil said that compensation has been paid in accordance with the guidelines for crop relief.
Even a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan may lead to global starvation because of a famine, unmatched in modern history, eclipsing every historic drought and volcanic eruptions say a new study released. The research conducted by 19 scientists in Europe and the US has suggested that the climate and crop impacts of such a nuclear exchange would lead to unprecedented food shortages affecting at least 71 countries.
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