Two weeks after a severe hailstorm that affected horticultural production in numerous regions of Chile, associations representing blueberry, table grape, cherry and kiwifruit growers have released initial impact assessments. Unusually large hailstones, heavy rain, and strong winds hit the country’s central-southern regions on Nov. 12, just as the harvests for the summer export season were getting underway.
With a demand to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre of crop damaged due to heavy rains and flood, the farmers staged a dharna in front of office of the joint director of the agriculture department here on Tuesday. The farmers under the joint aegis of AP Kowlu Rythula Sangham and the AP Rytu Sangham also demanded that the government register names of tenant farmers while preparing crop loss list.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences realized that their UF/IFAS Extension colleagues needed a better system for reporting damages and losses suffered by producers – something faster, more focused, more standardized. Access to the assessment form will be made available to appropriate UF/IFAS Extension personnel following a disaster, she said.
The devastating floods that have left a trail of destruction will cripple the state’s agriculture production in a major way in the current year, especially rice. As per the primary analysis by the the state agriculture department, around 56,844.44 ha of cropped area has been affected by the floods, causing a loss of Rs 1355.68 crore to 3.14 lakh farmers. Justin Mohan, director, Agriculture Department, said this is only an indicative loss, and that the actual loss will be very high as the majority of the affected farmers are still languishing in flood relief camps.
The pepper campaign and the vegetable production in general are not expected to be great in Fresno de la Vega. The hail that fell in late June caused a lot of destruction in many plots, and although many plants have apparently recovered, "the losses will easily reach 70%," said the mayor, Antonio Lozano. On 29 June, a severe storm hit the south of the province, with Fresno de la Vega being one of the most affected municipalities.
India’s coffee production in 2018/19 is likely to fall by at least one-fifth from a year ago as floods in key producing states damaged the crop and delayed exports, industry officials. Some of the worst flooding in India in a century killed hundreds of people in the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka earlier this month, both of which account for more than 90 percent of the country’s total coffee production.
According to Latvia’s Ministry for Agriculture, farmers in this Baltic country have suffered €359 million euros of damage from this summer's prolonged dry spell and unusual heat. This was stated in a report handed to the European Commission this Wednesday. According to the Ministry's estimates, additional forage production costs stemming from the prolonged drought have reached 100.5 million euros, 80 percent above the average costs recorded over the past three years.
Farmers in Germany who have suffered harvest losses of 30% or more due to the ongoing drought will get a total of €340 million in state aid, a half of the estimated damage, Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner told a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday today (22 August). The proposed figure is well below the demand made by the German farmers association of one billion euros in aid. The last time Berlin agreed to financially support farmers was in 2003 when it unlocked €80 million to eight states, or Länder.
Heavy rains that have been lashing Adilabad in Telangana for the past five days have damaged 1,25,000 acres of crops, according to preliminary reports. The government has constituted 101 teams of officers from the revenue and agricultural department to survey the losses. The flash floods have damaged roads, houses and crops. According to reports, two relief camps have been set up.
Farmers in the Utica, Beaver Crossing and Waco areas are feeling the hard-hitting effects of a hail storm that rolled through Seward County. A meeting was held Aug. 13 in Utica, where area farmers heard a damage presentation by Jenny Rees, the crops and water Extension educator for Seward and York counties. Rees said Aug. 20 that farmers have a few options, but should know what questions to ask their insurance companies.
Production of plantation crops, including coffee, pepper and cardamom, which was initially expected to be good this season in the State, is set for a steep decline as rainfall that has battered Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru has caused large-scale damage to crops. While the Coffee Board declined to estimate the losses citing lack of field data, planters’ association has estimated crop losses at above 70%.
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