The ongoing eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island is starting to have a noticeable impact on the state’s agriculture industry and some farmers, cut off by lava flows, are resorting to unusual methods to harvest their crops. The state department of agriculture estimates the eruption has resulted in over $14 million in losses for farmers on the island. That figure is likely to rise as the lava continues to flow, with no predictable end in sight.
This heat wave brings challenges for area farmers still recovering from one of the wettest months of May on record. Mountain farmers may have dodged the downpours but now comes the heat. Some are dealing with problems like fields overgrown with weeds and not yet planted. It's a mixed bag at North River Farms in Henderson County. Water is being pumped to irrigate tomatoes just recently drowned by heavy rain but now showing signs of a little wilt in the scorching sun.
In an interview, Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya (AIBK) chairman Nelson Omolo tells farmers to cushion themselves from calamities by partaking in agriculture insurance. It is the protection farmers can get from insurance companies for their crops and livestock in case of a calamity. A farmer pays a small amount called a premium to an insurance firm to compensate him whenever he incurs losses.
Farmers are asked to register under the Prime Minister’s crop insurance scheme for the Kharif season here in the district. According to an administration release, under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana farmers are invited to insure horticultural crops such as onion, turmeric, and plantain against drought, cyclone, hail storm, and floods. All farmers including lessees, those who have obtained crop loans against jewels, those without any crop loan, can insure their crops under the Scheme.
The NSW Government has made a significant announcement for drought assistance to help those affected around the state. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair announced additional funding for the Farm Innovation Fund, a new weather station, mental health and a new kangaroo management plan at a property just outside of Dubbo on Wednesday.
The Maharashtra government is all set to introduce a system to issue daily district-wise weather advisory to farmers across the state. "The system has a capacity to generate weather alerts for every ten minutes, if required. The state is taking a step forward to explore the possibility of issuing weather advisory for farmers to minimise their crop losses due to adverse weather conditions," Agriculture Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh told PTI.
The district administration has asked farmers who had raised chilli crops in villages notified by the Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AICL) to insure their crops by paying a premium of Rs. 1,000 by February 28. Though about 25,000 farmers have raised chilli crops in 22,000 hectares in the district during this rabi season, the insurance cover under the PMFBY was open to only about 9,000 farmers, who have cultivated the crops in about 70 villages, notified by the AICL, officials said.
In order to get timely and accurate data of crop loss for early payment of insurance claims to the farmers, the Union Government is planning to use smart technologies to settle crop loss claims under the crop insurance programme and maintain a satellite date through remote sensing technology for dispute discrepancy resolution. Presently, general claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are settled on the basis of yield data arrived from the crop cutting experiments (CCEs).
Shrimp farmers now enjoy full protection from the government against potential harvest failure caused by diseases, fungus or even natural disasters. Under a new insurance scheme worked out by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, the government will pay for the entire premium, rather than just 80 percent, as in the past.
Almost five years after drought was last officially declared in Queensland, two-thirds of the state, or 120 million hectares, is in the grip of a dry so long and grinding that many who can afford to have forgotten it even exists. At the end of last year, 35 council areas in the state remained wholly drought declared — some since April in 2013 — affecting thousands of beef and sheep stations, farms and other agricultural businesses.
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