The declaration of a nation-wide state of disaster that appeared yesterday in the Government Gazette has taken agricultural organizations by surprise, given that large parts in the east of the country recently received good rains. In a statement Agri SA, an agricultural industry association said: "The rationale behind this national disaster declaration remains unclear due to good rains and good production prospects in most provinces."
The United Nations (UN) has called on the international community to provide nearly $76 million to finance aerial spraying of pesticides in East Africa, where swarms of locusts continue to decimate crops and threaten food security in the region. In a tweet published Thursday, the Executive Director for the UN World Food Programme warned that if countries “do nothing” now, they will be forced to spend 15 times more money to feed the 13 million people “devastated by the loss of their crops and livelihoods.”
A bill to establish a standing state relief fund for farmers whose crops are devastated by hurricanes or other natural disasters moved to the S.C. House on Wednesday. The bill would create a South Carolina Farm Aid Fund to provide aid after a federally declared natural disaster for up to 20 percent of the farm’s crop loss.
Farmer Jack Imperial woke to a picture of devastation after ash spewed from a volcano in the Philippines - his verdant green pineapple field had been transformed to a dirty dark grey. Mr Imperial said his chances of salvaging produce from his 1-hectare (2.5-acre) farm were small and, in any case, there was no one to sell them to with tourists avoiding the Tagaytay area on the archipelago's biggest island Luzon, 32 km (20 miles) from the Taal volcano.
As unprecedented wildfires threaten large parts of Australia, the nation's agriculture industries are counting the cost of the blazes that have scorched pasture, destroyed livestock, and razed vineyards. With the fires still burning and fears of more to come, it's too early to quantify the damage, analysts and industry officials said.
Around 100 producers met in Grand Forks Wednesday to learn about disaster relief assistance programs and the 2018 Farm Bill. The bulk of the Dec. 18 meeting -- and why most of the farmers were there -- was spent on clarifying WHIP and WHIP+. The Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program was created to cover crop losses that resulted from 2017 and 2018 wildfires, Hurricane Cindy and extreme cold weather.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Nebraska announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program-Plus (WHIP+). Nebraska FSA offices across the state are ready to accept applications.
Agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. “There is no doubt that extreme weather has greatly impacted North Carolina’s agricultural producers over the last several years, and 2019 is no exception.”
One local farmer says he’s never seen conditions as bad as they were this year. Following a growing season of wet, cold weather the County of Grande Prairie declared an agricultural disaster. Broken Tine Orchard and Alde Farms President Kreg Alde says this year’s crop of berries, canola and peas were late or drowned out altogether due to too much water.
Three local counties are among the 14 in Ohio that the United States Department of Agriculture said are primary natural disaster areas. Champaign, Clark and Miami counties were added to a growing list of designated primary natural disaster areas, which means farmers in those counties can apply for disaster loans.
The African Farmers Association of South Africa has urged the government to intervene in support of farmers in drought-stricken provinces, citing North West, Limpopo, the Western Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape as the hardest hit. In its preliminary report, Afasa said the past few weeks have seen KwaZulu-Natal accounting for more than R12 million in livestock losses, with one farmer losing 80 breeding cows, eight bulls and 40 calves.
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