Recent storms have damaged crops in fields across the region, some seriously. Most of the damage has been east of Groton, near Andover, said Gared Shaffer, a weeds field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. “A lot of hail damage in that area,” he said. “It’s like taking a hammer to the plant and stripping leaves.” In some cases, when crops are damaged this late in the growing season, they aren’t worth harvesting. In some cases, when crops are damaged this late in the growing season, they aren’t worth harvesting. Beans are setting pods and corn is developing and seeding ears. Neither will have good yields if they don’t have leaves for photosynthesis, Shaffer said.
Out of 5,100 hectares crops submerged along the Krishna riparian belt of Belagavi district, about 2,000 hectares of non- perennial crops have submerged. Inspite of floodwaters receding in the district, river Krishna and its tributaries are flowing in full spate as Maharashtra is releasing as many as 2 lakh cusecs of water from Koyna coupled with water from Rajapur barrage to Vedaganga basin. The increased inflows from the catchment areas into Krishna river and its tributaries, including Doodhganga river have rendered large tracts of agricultural fields water-logged and damaged standing crops, said deputy commissioner N Jayaram adding that the extent of loss to the growers would be assessed once water levels in the fields recedes.
There is hope that Alberta farmers, with a reprieve from Mother Nature, may escape the record-breaking crop damage of 2012. Up until the start of this week, the number of insurance claims for crops damaged by severe weather was tracking just above those made four years ago, resulting in a $450-million payout to 6,898 insurance contracts. As of Aug. 1, 7,003 crop damage claims have been made by the province’s farmers, with 3,900 of those still being investigated by a team of 150 on-farm inspectors.
Stating that farmers are taking up crop insurance in a big way after two drought years, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said 30 per cent more farmers are expected to register under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in the ongoing kharif season. Some states, especially Karnataka and Gujarat have made good progress so far in implementing the scheme, but there was a delay in rolling out the scheme in Tamil Nadu and Kerala due to elections but the work now has been fastened, he said.
Taking into account the low groundwater level due to the erratic and scanty rains over the last two-three years, state legislative assembly speaker Haribhau Bagade appealed to farmers to bring their cultivable area under drip irrigation. Speaking at a water conservation event on Saturday, he also urged them to arrest every drop of rain water and use it judiciously so that they do not face scarcity during summer."The government has undertaken a massive watershed development programme called Jalayukta Shivar (farm full of water) in 6,000 villages across the state and has set aside Rs 5,000 crore for the project," Bagade said.He urged the farmers to adopt water conservation methods to curb the scarcity.
Tanzania's country head of the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has called for greater adoption of technology in agriculture for smallholder farmers. Dr Mary Mgonja, made the call while addressing a joint press conference on Sunday 7 August in Mbeya. She said she was optimistic about the future of agriculture in Tanzania as the best means available to lift millions of smallholder farmers from poverty. AGRA in Tanzania has invested in key programmes along the food value chains to develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment.
With more than 46,000 farms operating in Virginia, one bad crop year could be disastrous for thousands of residents. With lingering winter temperatures, record-setting rainfall and stretches of high heat and humidity, this year had the potential to crush local farmers. Reitree David Brown grows peaches, nectarines, apples, blueberries and pumpkins at Bush Neck Farm in James City, near where the Chickahominy and James rivers meet. The farm has a pick-your-own business model, and he doesn't sell the produce anywhere other than the farm.
Claims worth over Rs 15,000 crore have been paid to farmers under various crop insurance schemes for the Kharif 2015 (June-October) season, Parliament was informed. Claims totalling Rs 15,082.95 had been paid so far under crop insurance schemes for Kharif 2015, according to the data provided by the Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. During Kharif, sowing starts in June while harvesting begins in October. The data further showed that during Rabi 2014-15 (October to March) claims worth Rs 2,962 crore were paid.
In a bid to minimize the high risks associated with agricultural production in the country, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is introducing a crop insurance scheme to cushion farmers in the event of losses on their farms. Ultimate News’ Lambert Atsivor reports that the scheme which is in partnership with the Bank of Ghana (BoG) would ensure farmers who have registered on the scheme be paid compensations when their farms are destroyed by fire, flood, pest or any other natural occurrences.
Farmers in Jefferson and Lewis counties are being urged to begin documenting losses from the drought. That's the recommendation from Glenn Bullock, county executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Jefferson and Lewis counties. According to a news release from Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator Jay Matteson, Bullock is submitting necessary documents that may lead to a disaster declaration.
Esoko Ghana has been awarded a $867,788 grant from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) for the implementation of the MasterCard Foundation project to boost agro input supply for smallholder farmers. The 36-month project is expected to support the deployment of an innovative technology solution called: “Fasiba,” which aims at helping more than 80,000 smallholder farmers to overcome challenges associated with access to affordable and quality inputs to increase productivity and incomes.
A government-commissioned report on Tuesday rejected drought insurance for farmers as uneconomical, dashing landowner hopes of a change in government policy which could help boost output to meet Asia's fast-growing food market. Australia is one of the world's largest exporters of wheat, beef and sugar, despite farmers regularly battling droughts. But unlike nearly all its major agricultural competitors, Australia provides no subsidies for drought insurance. Farmers say the absence of such insurance undermines their capacity to invest in increasing production and meet the growing food demand from Asia's middle class.
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