Drought is expected to cut eastern Australia’s crop production this year to less than half the average over the past 20 years, with New South Wales to be worst hit, the country’s agricultural commodities forecaster said. While some regions are facing the worst conditions in memory, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics said the drought-hit areas are smaller than in previous droughts.
Widespread drought had pushed thousands of Queensland farmers to the brink of survival, with nearly half suffering a dive in their income to below 50 per cent of average years as the six-year drought persists. The October survey by Queensland farm group Agforce revealed 80 per cent of farmers had pruned their sheep and cattle numbers by at least 25 per cent, with many destocking their properties and trying to exist without any income other than government emergency farm household welfare payments.
While Odisha may have registered a healthy 12.9 percent surplus rainfall this monsoon season, drought threat looms large over a significant portion of western Odisha. Bargarh, which is also known as the ‘Rice bowl of Odisha,’ along with areas of Sambalpur, Nuapada and Sundergarh have been badly affected by deficit rainfall this monsoon season.
The four months of southwest (SW) monsoon season, June to September, ended just three weeks back and some parts of the country are already staring at drought-like conditions. States such as Maharashtra, whose semi-arid Marathwada region is infamous for recurring droughts and has recorded a deficient rainfall of minus 22 per cent this monsoon, has already started the exercise of 'ground truthing' for drought assessment and kharif (summer) crop yield losses.
One of the worst droughts in recent Czech history is still tormenting farmers, with rainfalls in October measured at just a fifth of the monthly average. The total cost of damages to Czech agriculture and forestry has been estimated to lie at around CZK 24 billion so far and some farmers say the government is not doing enough about it.
The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) of Thailand raised concerns on emerging drought crisis in the country's northeast region. Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Srakham and Khon Kaen in the Northeast, Suphan Buri and Uthai Thani in the Central Plains, and Lampang and Chiang Mai in the North are on alert after officials found many dams do not contain enough water to irrigate farmland in the coming cool season.
Drought like situation stared at the farmers of several parts of this district as cracks developed in paddy fields due to insufficient rainfall this Kharif season, reports said. With little to no rain, farmers feared of severe crop loss due to lack of rain. At present, the crops are in flowering stage and farmers apprehend if the situation does not improve within a week, the crops may wither away.
Asian flour millers are expected to seek rare wheat shipments from Argentina in coming months as a second year of drought in traditional supplier Australia curbs supplies. At present, Asian wheat importers, including the world's biggest buyer Indonesia, are buying most of their wheat from the Black Sea region.
Mid-Missouri farmers may begin to feel the heat, financially, as farmers harvest corn following a severe drought this summer. Henry Westhues, Randolph County Farm Service Agency executive director, said that Missouri farmers are likely to be hurt by corn prices. The drought did not have as large of an effect on other areas of the country, and as a result, the prices will reflect the national yield and not compensate for the crop loss in Missouri.
In 2016-2017, Somalia faced a devastating drought which put the lives of millions into risk. This led to water scarcity, depletion of pasture, widespread food insecurity and livestock mortality. By the end of 2016 and most of 2017, erratic rainfall in Sanaag Region resulted to insufficient water that led to a sharp increase in the prices of water. The urban population grew significantly, partly due to the increased number of internally displaced persons who lost their pastoral livelihoods during the drought.
The periods of heavy drought that rocked Eastern Australia this year have had their predicted effect, as the damage to crops and livestock has destroyed a sizable proportion of the total grain crop. Reports from ABARES, the government’s forecaster for commodities, show a year-on-year drop of 12% in winter grain production.
Dry weather spell in district Mansehra has created drought, affect the standing crop and also created the shortage of clean drinking water. Farmers are worried about their losses. During the last one month, no major rain has been reported in the area and this is likely to prevail till coming few days. If the situation persists it is expected that the issue of clean drinking water would also raise in Manshera city where people are also facing the severe shortage of water.
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