Farmers and Extension service officials are reporting a mixed bag when it comes to crop damage across Texas after last week's heavy barrage of storms roared across wide areas of the state. Thunderstorms continued to plague parts of the state as a slow moving low pressure system inched its way eastward over the weekend, bringing additional rain to parts of the Upper Texas coast where fields were already troubled by floodwaters from mid week storms that pummeled fields since June 1. Hit hardest overall were farms in Southeast Texas where many producers are reporting damages including lost or stunted crops.
Cassava farmers in Ruhango District in Southern Province have appealed to Parliament and the Prime Minister’s office to intervene in their failed negotiations with Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) over a loan gone bad, worth Rwf400million. The bone of contention is a Rwf400 million loan, which the farmers have failed to pay back following losses due to Cassava Brown Streak Disease that struck the crop in 2013/2014 farming season, leaving farmers counting losses. Both the farmers and the bank have genuine concerns for the stand that each party has taken.
Heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday night has brought cheer to farmers in Bidar district. Farmers, who waited for rain in the last six faming seasons, suffered crop losses and strived to rear cattle with scarce water and green grass, were relieved when most parts of the district received heavy rain for more than three hours on Saturday and Sunday night. As much as 8.6 mm rainfall was received on June 4 and 11.8 mm on June 5.
Having faced the worst of droughts, farmers in Gujarat have started taking crop insurance seriously with more than 50,000 of them registering for the new crop insurance cover given by Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) via the state portal. Under the PMFBY launched this year, farmers' premium has been kept at lower ranges, between 1.5%-2% for foodgrains and oilseed crops and up to 5% for horticultural and cotton crops. There is no cap on the premium. "More than 50,000 farmers have so far enrolled for PMFBY for the 2016-17 kharif season in Gujarat via the state portal on crop insurance," said a senior agriculture ministry official.
U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports will be able to take advantage of an initiative aimed at streamlining reporting. Farmers and ranchers filing those reports with the Farm Service Agency and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location. "If you file your report at one location, the data that's important to both FSA and RMA will be securely and electronically shared with the other location," said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini, in a news release.
In all 3.53 lakh farmers out of the total of 4.17 lakh in the drought-hit district are set to get the benefits of National Agriculture Insurance and Weather-based Insurance Schemes. A sum of Rs 191 crore, Rs 117 crore under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme against Kharif crop and Rs 74 crore under Weather-based Insurance Scheme, has been sanctioned by insurance companies and the amount is reportedly received by the district administration. The amount would be credited to the bank accounts of the farmers before the beginning of the Kharif sowing. The district agriculture superintending officer Dattatraya Gaikwad clarified that farmers are entitled to get the benefits under both the schemes.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through its Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP) has paid P41 million in indemnity claims to 10,196 enrolled-farmers since the program started in 2011. Records of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) showed that from January to May 16 this year alone, the province has released almost P5.7 million in claims to 1,087 rice farmers covering an area of about 1,206 hectares. The amount is on top of the P2.8 million paid in 2011; P1.3 million, in 2012; P6.1 million, in 2014; and P16.2 million, in 2015, covering a total of 8,160 rice farmers with an area of almost 8,462 hectares.
A new bank report has revealed that persistent drought conditions in California could cause farmers and agribusinesses up to $1.5 billion in losses. In “California Drought and its Economic Impact on Agriculture 2016,” CoBank posits the drought’s lingering effects will lead to another round of water restrictions for producers through the remainder of the growing year and beyond. While Northern California saw the most precipitation during the rainy season, much of the state is still blanketed by severe drought, especially in the central and southern regions.
A lot of farmers are looking up at the skies these days… Wondering when it might rain. A minor drought could see some area farmers cashing in on crop insurance. Many of their fields are burning up … Putting crops and livelihoods at risk. The old saying, you have to make hay while the sun shines has taken on a whole new meaning for area farmers like Kevin MacLean, who are begging Mother Nature for a little rain.
A project launched in 2015 by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the EBRD and the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of green technologies in farming, will now involve Moroccan farmers. The project was primarily destined for southern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe countries. A validation workshop of the initial results of the initiative was held on Tuesday 24 May at the Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute in Rabat. According to press reports, twelve technologies applicable to the sectors of farming and food processing were selected after the completion of several studies.
THE Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) has paid indemnity claims totaling P20.76 million to 3,532 enrolled-farmers in Negros Occidental, covering an area of 3,879 hectares, from January 1 to May this year. The farmers are enrolled in PCIC’s crop insurance programs through the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP) and Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA). NFUCIP is being implemented in partnership with the Provincial Government while RSBSA, through the Department of Budget and Management.
The Congress on Saturday asked the BJP government to rush to the aid of farmers in Sirsa, Fatehabad and other parts of the district where desi cotton has been damaged due to severe heat waves prevailing in the State. “Quick assessment should be made of the losses incurred by them and they should be expeditiously and adequately compensated,” Kiran Choudhry, Leader of Haryana Congress Legislature Party said. “The farmers have suffered the maximum under the insensitive BJP Government in Haryana. Last year, they lost their crops to untimely rains and hailstorms, suffered the pangs of second consecutive drought extending right into the winter, had whitefly attack ruin their crops, and now, the complete wipe-out of their recently sown cotton crop,” she said in a statement here.
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