Large portions of North Africa are experiencing hot and dry conditions that are threatening the region’s durum crop. “It’s something to look out for,” said MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. It has been dry through most of North Africa’s rainy period with below-average precipitation in every month from November through February.
Farmers in Brazil are watching a drought cut yield prospects, mainly in the southern states of the country. Brazilian consultancy AgRural, which is based in Curitiba, has adjusted its soybean production forecast for the country to 124.3 million metric tons this week. That is over 1 million metric tons less than what was projected one week before.
Little rain has rained compared to what it would take to fill the reservoirs. This year the situation is worse compared to 2019 when water resources were sufficient. Medium-late and late varieties of peaches, percoche, and nectarines are in bloom. For many cultivars the flowering is very poor and uneven, therefore low yields are expected.
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."
Australian pineapple growers admit that the impact of the drought will continue to impact the fruit's crops for the next 12 months. President of Australian Pineapples says Stephen Pace says recent rainfall has been welcome and encouraging, but with a 2-3-year crop cycle, everything in the ground for the last 12 months has felt some sort of impact.
The month of January was a turbulent month for plums in the Western Cape when a mid-month heatwave (40°C and over for four consecutive days) was followed by wind and unseasonal rain, reducing the Custom Plum Company’s Midnight Gold plums and FlavorFall interspecific plums. Moreover, there was rain during flowering last year, reducing fruit set.
Over 350,000 people are living in hunger in Namibia, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila revealed at the launch of the food assistance donation in the northern town Ondangwa. According to the prime minister, the impact of the drought includes food shortage, poor grazing, scarcity of water, lost opportunities for jobs and income due to the negative impact on crop harvests and loss of livestock.
About 63.99 lakh hectares of farmland have been affected by floods in 15 states, while 7.91 lakh hectares of agriculture land has been hit by drought in two states so far in the ongoing 2019-20 crop year (July-June), union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. "There have been extreme weather events in the recent past including extended dry period, flood, hailstorm, cyclonic rains and wind, etc.
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