To help residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent storms and flooding in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices are responding and providing a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and affected communities.
Farmlands and homes in the Pomeroon River (Region Two) remain inundated after persistent rainfall and farmers are now worried they will not be able to profit from the current crop. Floodwaters have been affecting the area for the past two weeks and the accumulated water shows no signs of abating as the rains continue.
Flooded rivers in some places in Slovakia have damaged crops. Farmers who live close to rivers are now counting their losses. The situation is especially unfavourable around the Hron basin. From Monday to Tuesday, the Slovenská Ľupča area experienced 73 millimetres of precipitation, which is half of the total for May. The Hron flooded arable soil in several places.
Growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding, as this can damage peach trees permanently and cause them to die. For instance: as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017, a few hundred acres of Florida peaches were lost due to flooding. Flooding poses an issue for all crops, not just peaches. Beyond Florida, 20 million acres of farmland suffered losses nationwide due to floods in 2019.
As experts meet online for the Future Directions of Subseasonal to Seasonal Predication over South Asia, researchers from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the International Water Management Institute discuss the potential of subseasonal weather forecasting – and the important role it can play to optimize agricultural production and help reduce farmer vulnerability to climate-related disasters.
Widespread heavy rains throughout New South Wales and Queensland over the past week led to major flooding in coastal areas, but were generally welcomed by broadacre crop producers in inland regions which received up to 200 millimetres. The rain topped up subsoil moisture levels for the forthcoming winter crop and saved some ailing summer crops, but caused waterlogging and sprouting issues for some summer crops nearing harvest.
Last year, Hafizur Rahman's entire rice crop drowned in floodwaters that followed heavy rain in northern Bangladesh. The loss forced the 30-year-old farmer from Kurigram district to look for daily labouring work, hoping to scrape together enough money for seed to plant a new 8-acre (3-hectare) rice crop this year.
Fruit and vegetable wholesalers are hoping that the impacts from the flooding in Northern New South Wales remain minimal to supply. In what the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian labelled as a "one-in-100-year event" for the Mid-North Coast, some towns have been evacuated and other regions are on standby to leave their homes as the situation continues to evolve.
Farmers are warning of food price rises in the wake of widespread floods that have caused stock, crop and infrastructure losses in NSW, as well as widespread property damage. Cattle producer Robert Mackenzie said the floods were devastating for all farmers along the mid-north coast. “When you look at how widespread this is, it is just horrendous,” he said.
The Gascoyne River water levels have peaked at Nine Mile Bridge. The region continues to be hit hard by rain. Flood waters have inundated roads and crops. Local farmers say should survive the extreme weather event, but the supplies of bananas next week will ride on the condition of North West Coastal Highway.
The Centre has announced the release of additional assistance of ₹245.96 crore to Telangana State, which was affected by floods in October last year. The high-level committee under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the assistance under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
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