Scientists call for actions to save future crop losses as floods these days are submerging more land than before. The frequency of floods with higher magnitude have increased in Bangladesh at an alarming level, sending alerts to scientists who are now asking for immediate government interventions to save future crop damage.
Palestinian growers in the Beit Lahia area have asked the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to help them weather the losses that were caused by three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around their fields. The rainfall also flooded greenhouses and subsequent soil erosion destroyed crops during the strawberry harvest season.
The floods that have ravaged Tabasco this year have strongly impacted the state's banana production. The president of the National Council of the Banana Product System, Adrian Prats Leal, stated that the floods had affected more than 4,500 hectares, 4,000 hectares of which had total losses, which led to a 40% decrease in exports.
The serious floods in Tabasco have caused important losses to the agricultural sector, mainly impacting banana production. "Producers estimate that 50% of their plantations were affected, so we are developing a plan to establish measures to strengthen the banana strains once the flood subsides," stated Victor Villalobos, the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader).
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green yesterday detailed a $647-million preliminary emergency relief package for farming communities impacted by the continuous rainfall and flooding across the island. Green, who last week announced a support package for the fisheries sector, was fulfilling a commitment to update the House of Representatives on aid being planned for farmers in the most badly affected parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, St Catherine, St Andrew, and St Thomas.
Heavy rains recorded a few days ago in the Spanish Region of Valencia, especially in the coastal regions, have caused more than 62 million Euro in losses, taking into account crop losses, the extra costs of treatments to save the trees and the repairs of damaged infrastructures, according to a first assessment from the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA).
Over the last one month, widespread and heavy rains and floods have caused severe damages to both humans and property in the central provinces. According to statistics, during the rains and floods in five central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, over 9,000 hectares of rice and other crops were damaged and inundated.
A water tank was breached in the Penchikalapadu village here on Saturday after monsoon rains thundered over the region, drowning standing paddy and chili crops. According to Srinu, a farmer who suffered crop losses due to the inundation, this was the second time the bund of the tank had been breached in the last month.
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