After a delay of some months, the administration has prepared a detailed report on the damage caused by whitefly and hailstorm to the cotton crop in the district. The reports lists that the crop was damaged due to whitefly in 1.75 lakh acres while hailstorm damaged around 2,500 acres and the damage was between 51-75 per cent. Following directions from the CM, special teams had been formed comprising agriculture development officials, patwaris and gram secretaries.
South Australian farmers have been devastated by deadly fires sweeping through the state's mid-north, with reports of significant crop, machinery and livestock losses. Around 90,000 hectares of land has been burnt, including significant tracts of cropping country and at least one large piggery, where 300 growers were lost. Mallala grain farmer said the fast-moving fire had devastated his community.
Gov. wants to expedite crop insurance payments to farmers who were hit hard by last month’s floods. Agriculture, the state’s largest industry, took a $587 million hit last month when floodwaters ravaged fields at the height of the fall harvest. As a result, state officials are already predicting an increase in farm foreclosures next year. Farmers were given access to emergency loans through a USDA disaster declaration, but state agriculture officials said last week that many farmers can’t afford additional debt after an already rough growing season before the floods.
While supply will not be impacted for Victoria or Australia as a whole, the price for quality stonefruit will be high on the wholesale and consumer markets, to reflect damage done to crops ready to be harvested. The price will be high, but we’re also working very closely with bodies such as Apples and Pears Australia Limited to develop the Hailstorm Heroes campaign, to sell what fruit we can save that’s been affected by the hailstorms.
FIGURES are starting to emerge for massive crop losses caused by the Esperance fires, with WA Farmers saying the damage bill will likely be “in excess of $60 million”. WA Farmers President said $60 million was a conservative figure based on 200,000 tonnes of grain losses. The firestorm, which claimed four lives after being sparked by lightning on Sunday, has razed more than 130,000ha and decimated crops during what would have been a bumper season.
Haryana government today said the special 'girdawari' to assess damage of cotton, guar, bajra and other Kharif crops by white fly and other pests is almost complete and distribution of compensation would start soon. The special 'girdawari' to assess the damage caused by white fly and other pests on crops was almost over and disbursing of compensation would start within the next 20 days.
In a devastating blow to Victorian pear growers, another hail storm hit the Goulburn Valley on 12 November 2015, further damaging orchards. Fruit Growers Victoria (FGV) ran a meeting following the previous hailstorm to share useful information on how to manage affected orchards. For more information on this and on APAL’s planned ‘Hailstorm Heroes’ marketing campaign see Hope and help for growers affected by hail.
It will take farming families hit by the fires around Esperance years to get back on their feet and some may never recover, according to industry experts. Farmers were forced to flee as homes, machinery, infrastructure, crops and livestock worth millions of dollars was consumed by blazes started by lightning strikes on Sunday. Insurance is expected to cover some but nowhere near all the losses that will run into tens of millions of dollars. The fire is estimated to have devastated more than 155ha of farm land in some of WA’s most productive districts.
The widespread rainfall experienced by the district in the last few days had caused extensive damage to standing crop on 2,161 hectares across the district. The crop damage had affected as many as 2,535 farmers, according to V. Sampath, District Collector. The horticulture crops such as plantain raised on 65.73 hectares by 313 farmers too had suffered damages. The revenue, agriculture and horticulture officials have been inspecting the rain damaged fields to assess the loss suffered by the farmers.
Over the weekend there was a large hail storm in Hoedspruit in the Limpopo area of South Africa. This is the largest mango production region in the country, "The full extent of the loss to the mango crop in that region has not been established, but initial indications are that it could be around 20%," explains CEO of Subtrop.
A strong hailstorm struck the southern city of Cordoba last Saturday and caused total damage in 90 percent of the green belt located between the roads to San Antonio and Route 9 South. The most affected area includes a vast region encompassing the fields on the way to San Antonio, San Carlos Road, the Road to 60 cuadras, Bouwer, and La Carbonada, stated the delegation of the Agrarian Federation Argentina (FAA).
Some Mid North croppers may have lost nearly all their harvest, after rain and hail pelted the region last week. A severe thunderstorm passed through the region, dumping falls as high as 107 millimetres at Jamestown, 90mm at Redhill, 78mm at Georgetown and 92mm at Port Pirie. Elders Burra agronomist said he heard of 30-130mm in the district which also had significant crop damage from hail.
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