Unseasonal hailstorms destroyed crops ,and vegetables in many areas of kotranka sub district of Rajouri on friday. Hailstorm continued rained for more than an hou and left behind a trial of destruction to crops and vegetables particularly. Drain water flooded and surges in many shops in kotranka market.
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.
A delegation of CPM MPs Elamaram Kareem, KK Raghesh, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and Dr Vijoo Krishnan are on a visit to villages in Jind, Hisar and Rohtak to take stock of losses due to whitefly. The MPs said huge losses were suffered by cotton farmers and the PMFBY had failed as no compensation had been paid to them.
Amidst report of large scale damage to standing urad, moong and soyabean crops, uptrend continued in most of the pulse seeds at the mandis in Indore. Tur (Maharashtra) rose further to ₹7,100 a quintal, while tur (Nimari) rose to ₹5,800-6,800. In the past one week tur in Indore mandis has gained ₹200. Rise in tur has primarily been attributed to weak availability of domestic and imported lemon tur in Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata ports.
Excess rains have affected cotton crop in the cotton growing districts of Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar in Maharashtra. The cotton bolls have started rotting, which will affect the first plucking. A cotton plant undergoes about four pluckings in the harvesting season. The rains will reduce the quality of cotton in the first plucking, which will affect farmers’ earnings.
The Gujarat government on Monday announced ₹3,700-crore relief package for the farmers who suffered crop loss due to excess rains and flooding in several parts of the State. Making an announcement in the State Assembly, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani stated that total 37 lakh hectares of area under 123 tehsil (taluka) will qualify for the relief.
Apple scab -venturia inaequalis- is a serious endemic disease of apples which attacks both leaves and the fruit. The fungal disease forms pale yellow or olive green spots on the upper surface of the leaves. Scabby spots on the fruit are sunken and tan coloured, and may have velvety spores in the centre.
The prices of commonly consumed vegetables have shot up in the national capital as supply from major producing states have been reduced owing to crop losses caused by rains, according to traders. In the open market, retail prices of green vegetables like okra (bhindi), cabbage, green chilly, pointed gourds (parwal) among others were selling at Rs 60 per Kg and above.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced a special package of Rs 300 crore for livelihood support for farmers to ameliorate their sufferings due to the recent floods in the state. In the farm sector, agriculture input subsidy will be provided to small and marginal farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 per cent and above at the rate of Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rain-fed and non-irrigated areas.
Scientists from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) claim to have found a cure for one of the most feared agricultural diseases. The fungal disease Fusarium Wilt -aka ‘Panama Disease’- afflicts banana plants. For the first time, Indian scientists have brought out a biopesticide that can control the disease. This biopesticide has been made using another fungus.
Till July end this year, key plantation districts across South India such as Kodagu, Chikkamagalur, Idukki and Wayanad faced a rainfall deficit. Come August, the heavy downpour in the first fortnight helped wipe out the deficit besides triggering flooding, landslides and inflicting crop losses in some of these districts.
Farmers in south Gujarat are facing huge losses as excess rainfall in the region this year led to floodwaters stagnating in farmlands in several districts. The paddy crop has suffered badly, according to state farmers' bodies. Farmers in south Gujarat are staring at losses of over Rs 100 crore, according to Jayesh Patel, president of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj.
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