Wednesday 23 December, hail in Queensland had treacherous effects on strawberries, lettuce and broccoli crops. One grower has allegedly lost his whole strawberry crop but growers continue to assess the damage of the severe weather today. Strawberry growers have been the worst affected by huge amounts of hail between 4-10 mm, with the horticulture industry body Growcom saying a major strawberry farm at Stanthorpe had taken the brunt of the hail storm.
Members of a central government-appointed team, which is presently in Rajasthan to assess the crop loss due to bad rains, have said that crop loss in 19 districts of the state has been pegged at 50 per cent, while in one it is around 33 per cent. MD at Na tional Co-operative Development Corporation said those with damaged homes will be given relief by way of `construction work' under MNREGA. Employment for 150 days under the scheme would help the needy people earn livelihood.
Severe storms in the Tasman region of New Zealand last week have hit fruit growers in the region hard, with early reports indicating some apple blocks have been almost entirely wiped out. Apple grower says the damage looked worse than in 2014, when hail and storms hit the region in November. There’s more damage than last year because it’s later in the season, so the fruit’s bigger and the damage is worse
President of the Association of Plantain Producers of Tecoman, stated that the rain on December 11 has caused the Black Sigatoka fungus to expand to 4,500 hectares of plantain in this municipality. In an interview with Angel Guardian, Ramirez said that farmers had no money to address the problem, so it's essential producers receive support from the three levels of government. He said that Hurricane Patricia had left a critical situation in the plantain sector.
It's been a bad year for farmer. And herds of elk are making things worse. Crittenden farms near Hudson Bay, Sask., approximately 320 kilometres north-east of Saskatoon. Due to wet conditions this fall, much of his crop remains unharvested, and still in the field. As the winter approaches, elk herd up into larger herds of 10, 20, 50, and they begin to graze on the available crop. Farmer plans to harvest his crop this spring, but worries about the foraging animals damaging the plants.
The hail which tore across Tasman horticultural land was three times as bad as the storm which hit Riwaka last November. Growers would this week be assessing the damage and deciding which blocks could still be picked for export and which would be abandoned. The impact of the hail would flow through to the local economy mid next year when the fruit losses were reflected in growers' returns.
Damage caused to fruit crops in the Tasman region by Wednesday night's hail storms cannot yet be assessed, but growers are optimistic business won't decline as a result. The Insurance Council has received about 20 claims and Chief Executive Tim Grafton said that number is likely to grow, with damage estimated to be in the millions. Apple orchards seemed to be hardest hit. Pipfruit Chief Executive Alan Pollard issued a statement that some Nelson growers had lost entire blocks to hailstones, reported to be the size of 50c pieces.
The farming sector in eastern Visayas suffered PHP92.57 million production losses due to typhoon “Nona”, the Department of Agriculture regional office here reported. Of the total, PHP3.57 million losses were recorded in Biliran province, P5.47 million in Samar, P29.99 million in Eastern Samar, P53.51 million in Northern Samar. The typhoon has affected 3,642 farmers in four provinces. Rice farmers bore the brunt of Nona’s wrath suffering PHP52 million losses, based on initial estimates. Another badly affected commodity is banana with PHP16.39 output losses.
The damage sustained by the agriculture sector from Typhoon Nona has reached P732,590,509 as of Thursday, according to the Department of Agriculture.A total of 20,309 hectares of agricultural areas, with an estimated production loss of 35,533 metric tons, were affected in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII, - Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson U. Palad and Assistant Secretary noted in an assessment report.
Boysenberries will be wiped from the Christmas menu for most New Zealand homes after a hailstorm ripped through the nation's largest orchard in the Nelson region. The storm that tore across the Motueka district, the Waimea Plains and its foothills yesterday was a double whammy for some orchardists who suffered similar crop devastation little more than a year ago. The Met Service has also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Nelson and says there might be more damaging hail on the way. It covers the Nelson district, Motueka and Golden Bay.
About 200 banana producers benefited from the aid granted through the Support Program for Climatological Contingencies (PACC), which was launched under the instructions of Governor Silvano Aureoles Conejo by the Secretary of Rural Development and Agribusiness, Israel Tentory García, in the municipality of Coahuayana. According to a statement, the funds granted will cover 1,379 hectares of banana plantations which were affected by hurricane Patricia last October.
37 hectares of banana crops were affected by strong winds early Sunday in the municipality of Entre Ríos, in the Tropic of Cochabamba, reported the head of the Civil Defence in the area. Unions in Isarzama and Independencia were the most affected, as five hectares of corn and bananas were damaged. The Civil Defence and the Risk Management Unit of the Municipality of Entre Ríos visited the area to check for damage and make a report on the aid that will be required.
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