Despite tremendous industrial advancement, Bangladesh's economy is still hugely dependent on agriculture. This sector represents nearly 30 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP). Every year, a huge amount of crop is damaged due to natural calamities such as flood, storm, etc. The farmers who represent the poorest segment in our society have no financial protection against the vagaries of nature.
Farmers in do not seem to get respite from crisis. First, it was the which hit the . Now, it is the pest that is haunting them. Scanty rainfall during the kharif season had played a spoilsport as farmers could not get good yield and incurred huge crop loss. During the , heavy rainfall in September signaled improvement in the situation and farmers went for sowing, expecting to compensate to some extent the losses they suffered during kharif.
If you’re a farmer looking to keep a closer eye on your crops or need a better way to survey hundreds of acres after a storm, agriculture experts suggest looking to the skies. The technology, known as precision agriculture, gives farmers a new way to inspect crops, look for damage, detect nitrogen levels and apply spray applications of fertilizer or pesticides more efficiently. The Federal Aviation Administration revised their regulations on small unmanned aircrafts in 2016, which, among other things, allowed unmanned crafts weighing less than 55 pounds to fly up to 400 feet above ground level.
State Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini said claim cases of 20 tehsils in six districts have been disposed and United India Insurance Company will pay the claim of Rs 276.95 crore in four days. Over two lakh farmers in Rajasthan will get Rs 276.95 crore as claim settlement under the Prime Minister's crop insurance scheme, a minister said.
The wait for compensation to offset yield losses suffered during rabi and kharif seasons during 2016-17 fiscal is finally over for a total of 903 insured farmers in the district. The insurance amounts to the tune of ₹1.6 crore, extended for opting coverage against risks arisen due to natural calamities, pests and diseases under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), were credited to their banks, official sources said.
We all carry insurance on something—our homes, our cars, maybe even a special vacation or a treasured antique. And, we all get bills in the mail to pay premiums on those insurance policies. When disaster strikes, and we have to use the policies we’ve paid for, we must first absorb part of the loss as a deductible before aid is received. Farmers are no different, despite what farm policy critics might have you believe.
The poorest people in the world are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including droughts, floods and wildfires. This is especially true for poor farmers in drought-prone regions of the world who rely on crops or livestock to feed their families. A new study led by researchers at UC Davis shows insurance can be the most effective way to increase the resilience of poor households in the face of climate change while also preventing other households from falling into poverty.
Drought-stricken Cape farmers are receiving help from above – through satellite data they are able to monitor their water use efficiency, with reported improvements of at least 10%. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is providing the FruitLook service, brainchild of Dutch company eLEAF, without charge to fruit farmers.
Last Friday growers all over Florida were up early to see if temperatures would dip low enough to harm their vegetables on the final, chilliest night of South Florida’s cold snap. Although temperatures dipped under 34 degrees (+1o Celsius) in the northern parts of the state, early indications show that the Sunshine State’s agriculture industry is OK. South Miami-Dade’s agricultural sector has a $2.7 billion economic impact on the county.
At a time when the state government is expecting compensation from the Centre and insurance cover, a recent survey revealed that cotton crop on 34.39 lakh hectares or 84% of the total area under cultivation has fallen prey to pink bollworm. Aurangabad has been the worst-hit, with farmers losing cotton crop planted on 4.81 lakh hectares.
More than 20,000 farmers in Mindanao whose crops were destroyed by Typhoon Vinta (international code name Tembin) will receive P182 million in insurance payments from the government, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). “A total of P182 million in insurance payments will be ready for release this week to over 20,000 farmers in six regions in Mindanao,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.
Farmers, who attended the agriculturalists’ grievance meet held at the Collectorate here on Thursday, staged a protest against delay in disbursal of crop insurance benefits due for 2016-17. They walked up to the podium and sat there, demanding the intervention of Collector N. Venkatesh in this regard. Officials from the Department of Agriculture tried to convince them, saying efforts were on to extend the benefits soon, but the farmers did not relent.
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