This Wednesday, a well-known Kenyan scientist stated said that sub-Saharan African countries should scale up adoption of drought tolerant crops, with the goal to contain food insecurity that has worsened against a backdrop of climate change. Stephen Mugo, African regional representative at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) said that greater adoption of drought tolerant seeds combined with improved soil and water management is key to cushioning African small-holders from hunger and malnutrition.
Between November of last year when Sharad Markad opened a cattle relief camp in drought-hit Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra and now, the price of a 5,000-litre water tanker has gone up from ₹700 to ₹1,000. In these six months, the number of cattle in the camp swelled from 200 to over 500. For 19-year-old Markad and his fellow villagers, it is now a daily challenge to feed the cattle and keep the camp running.
The water tastes salty and the rice barely grows in the coastal villages of the Ca Mau peninsula at the southern tip of Vietnam’s Mekong River delta. Thi Tran, a young woman who farms 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of rice and vegetables while her husband works on the fishing boats in the Gulf of Thailand, says she fears for her family.
Sorghum has taken a hard hit, with farmers forced to bale some crops for feed. The ongoing drought conditions saw cropping greatly reduced around the region and staggered planting and harvesting. Agronomist Jim Hunt said crops planted in October suffered from low soil moisture and the summer heat while those planted in late 2018 missed the worst of it.
Resentment is brewing as Philippine govt fails yet again to address the plight of growers. It has been three years since the shooting of protesting farmers by policemen in the southern Philippine province of Cotabato.The farmers were demanding 15,000 sacks of rice and the immediate release of disaster funds to address an ongoing drought brought about by the El Nino phenomenon.
Billions of dollars will be required to address the devastating impact of the drought on the country’s farming community, the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmer's Union (NECFU) has predicted. The President of the grouping, Ndahafa Nghifindaka warned that farmer’s losses attributed to the persistent drought were amounting to over N$300 million, while it will take years to address the losses.
The Philippines will have to endure the adverse and worsening effects of the El Niño phenomenon until the end of May, disaster officials said. In a press briefing, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Ricardo Jalad said 41 provinces will be classified as under a dry spell by the end of this month.
A total of 13,630 rice farmers in Iloilo province have suffered crop damages caused by the dry spell, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) said. Elias Sandig, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist, said the affected farmers are those who planted rice from November last year until February this year.
Mr. Nguyen Van Co, a farmer in Tay Hamlet in An Vinh Commune, said that he was only able to collect around 900 kilograms of fresh garlic from his 1,500-square-meter garlic field this winter-spring garlic crop. In comparison to previous years, production was up to 40 percent lower. After harvesting, he suffers a loss of VND7 million.
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