The farmers of ar-Rūj plain, west Idlib province, suffer from a shortage of water irrigation, which led to a decrease in the cultivated areas, especially the tomato growing areas. Tomato cultivation, a strategic crop, was affected by several factors, including high cultivation costs, sales of medicines, and fertilizers in US dollars, as well as the spread of broomrape disease.
Residents of Pooyamkutty in Kuttampuzha panchayat have approached the forest department seeking steps to ensure safety of lives and property in view of increased presence of wild elephants in the area.According to ward member Francis Antony, elephant herds have been entering the village almost every night causing extensive crop loss to the farmers.
The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds." "Cherries and apricots have been heavily damaged by hail on July 3rd.
The invasive spotted lanternfly arrived in Pennsylvania in 2014. This red, black, white, and yellow insect can suck the sap and life out of about 70 different plant species, from grapes to hardwoods. Its crusty, gray egg masses stick to almost any surface. As they adhere even to the tires of vehicles, the spotted lanternfly (SLF) travels awfully well.
Nepal is offering farmers cash rewards for catching desert locusts to limit the damage caused by the destructive swarms that have ravaged harvests in India and Pakistan. South Asia is experiencing its worst infestation in decades, with the plague of locusts devastating agricultural heartlands and are now entering Nepal.
In the wake of COVID-19, the nation was already suffering a huge loss in every possible manner. The limelight was on the hard-hit economy. The fortune contains more in its book, and the new pandemic arrived with locusts. Locusts are insects that travel in large swarms with a speed up to 150kms per daywhich depends on the wind speed as well.
The severe weather on June 12th in the Cévennes has had disastrous repercussions on the sweet onion production. Several farms have been devastated by the weather, and producers still do not know if they will be able to save their harvest. The sweet onion harvest usually takes place around mid-August. But this seems compromised due to the damage caused by the bad weather at the beginning of the month.
Producers in the Steinbach area are reporting crop damage from Saturday’s hailstorm. The storm dropped loonie sized hail in parts of southeastern Manitoba, along with rain accumulations as high as 51 millimetres at St. Pierre. Bargen is Farm Production Extension Specialist Crops for Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.
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