Agriculture Minister has said Central government teams will be touring various districts from December 9 to 10 to assess drought and damage caused by floods. After field inspections, the teams will hold a meeting with Chief Minister on December 11 and submit a final report. Two teams, led by Satyadev Garg, Joint Secretary, Home Ministry, will be visiting Nellore, Chittoor and Kadapa districts. While, one team will be visiting Nellore district from December 9 to 10, the other will visit Chittoor and Kadapa districts during the same days.
Farmers packed the Statehouse on Monday to beg Gov. to ask Congress for money to offset their estimated $376 million in losses from last month's historic flooding. But the Republican governor is unwavering in her refusal. Farmers should have federally subsidized crop insurance, and under-insured farmers shouldn't be bailed out, her office said.
Fruit growers have taken Victorian politicians on a tour of their hail-damaged properties in an attempt to plead for assistance. Two hailstorms, one in October and one in November, hit multiple locations in the Goulburn Valley, wiping out fruit crops. The region grows over 80 per cent of Australia's pear crop and a large amount of stone fruit and apples.
Macadamia farms have isolated storm damage, with crop losses varying between 5% and 50%, but supply is still consistent following severe thunder storms over the weekend along the NSW North Coast, and Queensland. Those farms that have been hit are badly affected, but at this stage the extent of the damage should not have a major affect on the Australian crop, says CEO of the Australian Macadamia Society.
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.