Recent hailstorm and rain damage on wheat, mustard, potato, and tomato crop reached a total of 2,534 acres in Ladwa block of Kurukshetra district, said officials of agriculture and revenue departments on Thursday. Kurukshetra deputy director of agriculture (DDA) Pardeep Meel said, "On Thursday, more farmers applied for compensation of wheat crop loss under the crop insurance scheme (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana).
As farmers on the western border of Rajasthan face the worst attack of locusts coming from neighbouring Pakistan, there is now danger of the swarms of insects laying eggs which can lead to even more damage to crops. Officials said that one locust lays around 100 eggs and hence it will be very tough to control the menace.
Damage to agriculture caused by the eruption of the Taal Volcano has now reached P577.59 million, the government reported Tuesday afternoon. According to the latest available data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the amount of damage has been raised from the previous report of P74.55 million, as an estimated 2,772 hectares have been affected, covering commodities such as rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops.
As unprecedented wildfires threaten large parts of Australia, the nation's agriculture industries are counting the cost of the blazes that have scorched pasture, destroyed livestock, and razed vineyards. With the fires still burning and fears of more to come, it's too early to quantify the damage, analysts and industry officials said.
In the biggest locust attack ever, crops over at least 1,50,000 hectare land have been damaged across four districts in Rajasthan, a special crop assessment report has found. The locust outbreak was reported in May 2019 after 26 years, and grasshoppers returned in December-January period to cause extensive damage, the officials of the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO) said.
The United States Senate has passed an appropriations package that includes expanded funding to the “Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus” and authorizes that funding to cover new programs. Montana’s U.S. Senator Jon Tester pushed for the $1.5 billion in additional funding to help farmers who faced crop losses due to heavy, early season snow this year.
At least three talukas in Banaskantha have been the worst hit. Farmers claim their production of crops like wheat, castor, cumin and mustard will be affected badly as most of them have been destroyed. With locust swarms damaging huge number of crops in at least three talukas of Banaskantha district in Gujarat, the production of crops like wheat, castor, cumin and mustard along with other major crops will be highly affected, farmers in these areas have said.
The damage brought by Typhoon Ursula to the agriculture sector has reached more than P500 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). In its typhoon monitoring bulletin, the DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operations Center said total damage reached P571.58 million, including affected 43,442 farmers and fisherfolk and 4,644 hectares of rice, corn and cassava.
The unseasonal spell of rains and hailstorm that lashed Jammu region in the months of November and December has spelled a doom for paddy growing farmers in the region after a substantial portion of their Kharif crop was damaged. What has added more to the woes of the farmers of the paddy belt of this region known as rice bowel of Jammu is that the chances of harvesting a good Rabi crop have also been lost.
Most of the crops grown in the Metapontino area (Basilicata region), and more specifically in the territories of Scanzano Jonico and Policoro, were promptly restored, after being hit by a whirlwind. "Outcome monitoring showed that the strawberries are restored in almost all the affected areas", explained Salvatore Pecchia of AssoFruit Italia.
Following damage to mustard crop and early sown wheat crop in Bhiwani, Fatehabad and parts of Hisar and Sirsa districts due to hailstorm, the state government has directed the authorities to assess their crop loss. Agriculture Minister JP Dalal inspected some villages in Bhiwani district. He said the government had decided to get crop loss assessed by holding ‘girdawari’ where hailstorm had caused damage.
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