Armyworms have damaged crops on at least 700 hectares of onion farms in Pangasinan province, which has resulted in reduced production and prices going up since last month. While the extent of the damage had yet to be determined, farm gate price of onions rose from P40 a kilo in December 2020 to P45 a kilo this month.
In Maharashtra’s Nashik district, experts forecast a 20% drop in grape production this year as the ready-to-harvest produce has suffered damage due to the recent, unseasonal rainfall. Grape acreage in the Nashik district is estimated at around 58,367 hectare, including 22,000 hectare in Niphad taluka, 15,758 hectare in Dindori , 11,671 hectare in Nashik and 5,148 hectare in Chandwad.
A group from O. Duraisamypuram, Chokkalingapuram, A. Kandasamypuram, Thoppampatti, Kalkumi and Aatrankarai, all under Vilaathikulam taluk, arrived at the collectorate on Monday with the damaged crop, said rain at the beginning of monsoon was beneficial for rain-fed crops such as black gram, green gram, maize, corn, chilli, onion and pearl millet.
Hurricanes, development, demographics, disease and other issues combined in recent decades to severely reduce citrus acreage and crops in Plaquemines Parish, which has the majority of Louisiana growers. According to Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter, the state has only 841 acres of citrus remaining.
Unseasonal rain on Thursday has affected grapes and onions in parts of the Nashik district. Apart from Nashik city, unseasonal rainfall was reported from Niphad, Chandvad, Sinnar, Deola, Yeola and Trimbakeshwar talukas of the district. “Around 5% of the total 150,000 hectares of vineyards are now ready for the grape harvest.
According to the residents, the pachyderms were said to have sneaked out of Rimoi National Game Reserve on New Year’s Eve and have been camping in Cheptargok, Kapkoitum, Chemale, Chesawany, Koisser and Seron villages ravaging, eating and trampling on food crops like bananas, paw paws, oranges, cowpeas, cotton plantation, mangoes as well as destroying fences.
2021 has started with a drastic drop in temperatures in much of Spain, which is expected to continue throughout the week. Since the early hours of Monday, frosts have been recorded in Murcia and the south of Alicante, notably affecting crops such as artichokes, leafy vegetables, brassicas or zucchini, among others.
Hailstorm on Saturday night in Bhanpura region has added to farmers woes. Hail damaged coriander, vegetables and other crops. On Sunday, crop damage caused by hail was inspected by MLA Devilal Dhakad, SDM RP Verma, agriculture department SDO KS Vaskle, Satyam Girdawar and Kapil Shrivastav from horticulture department, patwari Mukesh Sharma and village Sarpanch.
Heavy rainfall in the Northern Cape – over 100mm over the past two days in some places – has gladdened the hearts of most in this arid area, but for the table grape producers in the Orange River Region yesterday’s rain has come at an inopportune time, with a third of the table grape crop still to be harvested.
Mexican orange production is expected to partially recover in 2020/21 after drought cut last year's harvest by nearly 40%. A full recovery is unlikely as the soil of the orchards has been badly affected by the drought. It is estimated that growers will not invest much to make the soil more fertile again and that they cannot expect sufficient support from the Mexican government for this.
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.
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