A recent cold spell that gripped Taiwan has caused nationwide agricultural losses estimated at NT$118.14 million (US$4.2 million), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday. The most heavily damaged crop was wax apples, which accounted for over NT$70 million of the total agricultural losses, the COA said, citing data valid for the period Dec. 30, 2020 to Jan. 14.
Central Otago cherry growers have been dealt another blow this season with heavy rain just after New Year causing major damage to fruit about to be harvested. Although the full extent of the damage is yet to be quantified, it is expected that up to 50% of the season’s bumper cherry crop has been lost due to splitting, resulting in the loss of $50 million in export revenue to the country.
Fruit Growers Victoria is urging people to help out during the harvest in a last-ditch attempt to fill vacant fruit picker positions, most of which are still open in the Goulburn Valley. Crop losses across Australia, directly caused by ongoing labour shortages, have continued to mount; as of January 8, they have topped $38 million.
The decrease in Mexico's citrus production, which could have fallen by 50% in 2020 due to the severe droughts that hit the country, could benefit US citrus producers as it will lead to a decrease in the country's orange, tangerine, and grapefruit imports, which in turn will increase the prices of their products and allow them to make better use of the domestic market.
The harvest estimate for Argentinian lemons for 2020/21 is 1.03 mega tonnes, a decrease of 30% compared to 2019/2020. This is the result of cold damage and the dry growing conditions. For sweet citrus the harvest of oranges is estimated at 700,000 tonnes and 360,000 tonnes for mandarins. This is a year on year increase of 7.5% and 16% respectively.
Plant diseases are among the most serious challenges that growers face during the crop production crop cultivation process. This problem may be caused by one or more biological agents, such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi. In order to prevent or minimize crop loss and the financial impact caused by disease, growers need to equip themselves with relevant knowledge and proper tools.
Heavy rains over Central Otago, which began on New Year’s Day and did not let up until about 8.30 am yesterday, causing the Fraser River to breach its banks coupled with localised runoff from the hills. This means Central Otago cherry growers have lost millions of dollars of crop after 36 hours of persistent and heavy rain destroyed yet-to-be-picked fruit.
Tamil Nadu farmers who suffered financial losses due to extensive damage of their crops by cyclones Nivar and Burevi will be compensated soon, and the relief sum will be deposited into their bank accounts, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday. Particulars of the farmers including their bank accounts has been obtained and the work to assess crop loss will be completed within four days, he said.
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