Residents of Pooyamkutty in Kuttampuzha panchayat have approached the forest department seeking steps to ensure safety of lives and property in view of increased presence of wild elephants in the area.According to ward member Francis Antony, elephant herds have been entering the village almost every night causing extensive crop loss to the farmers.
In the wake of COVID-19, the nation was already suffering a huge loss in every possible manner. The limelight was on the hard-hit economy. The fortune contains more in its book, and the new pandemic arrived with locusts. Locusts are insects that travel in large swarms with a speed up to 150kms per daywhich depends on the wind speed as well.
The government of Maharashtra is working on strategies to compensate the loss caused to farmers due to crop damage in the Nisarga cyclone that had hit the state on Wednesday. With its epicentre in Raigad, state capital Mumbai narrowly escaped the impact of the cyclone which hit Maharashtra after over a century -- 108 years to be precise.
The sighting of a peafowl at Brunton Boatyard, a heritage hotel in Fort Kochi, sent its staff into a frisson of excitement, something they had not felt since the time the COVID -19 pandemic forced guests to depart and left the premises deserted. As the peafowl strutted around looking curiously at itself in a life-size mirror in the lobby, Annie Mendez, Executive Housekeeper, caught the rare sighting on her phone camera.
A new wave of locust attacks has alarmed India's farmers and experts warn of extensive crop losses if authorities fail to curb fast-spreading swarms by June when monsoon rains spur rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybean sowing. Desert locusts have engulfed around 35,000 hectares in India's seven heartland states, threatening some vegetable and pulse crops, government officials and farm experts said.
In the times of rising inflation, animal husbandry has also become a challenge but the government is fully supporting the farmers to increase their income through animal husbandry. Now the good news is animals will also have life insurance & the insurance company will give compensation to the insured animals on any kind of animal loss.
A herd of wild elephants that strayed into various human habitats at Punjavayal, Mararkadavu and Puthanangadi, near Panamaram, in Wayanad district on Saturday morning triggered panic among local people. Forest Department sources said a herd of four tuskers entered a village at Punjavayal around 2 km from the Neykuppa section of forest under the South Wayanad forest division.
In yet another major jolt to ailing Kashmir fruit industry, the Wednesday’s hailstorm in south Kashmir has caused extensive damage to the apple and cherry crop. The initial assessment carried by the department of horticulture has pegged the losses to the fruit in the ripening stage at around 20 percent.
At a time when the north – western part of the country is battling the locust swarms to prevent crop loss, two South Bengal districts – Jhargram and Bankura are fighting the presence of a swarm of short-horned grass hoppers that were reported to be a cause for the concern of the agricultural department just ahead of the sowing of Kharif season, which starts from this month.
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