“Two decades of cultivating these fields helped lay the foundation of this house,” said tomato farmer Bharat Navle, 43, gesturing at his two-storied white bungalow. “Now, just two years of loss might force me to sell it off.” Vast expanses of lush farmland dot Agar Khanapur village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.
Nagaland is looking at a drought-like situation with the delay in the arrival of monsoon, state Agriculture Minister G Kaito Aye said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, he said the State is witnessing peculiar weather this year and a drought-like condition is feared if there is no rain within the next few weeks.
Guardian minister Vijay Wadettiwar expressed his concern over rising instances of predator attack and crop damage due to wildlife in the area under Bramhapuri forest division, during a meeting with senior forest officials on Monday. As many as 19 people have been killed and 69 injured by predator attacks in Bramhapuri forests during the last three years.
The Chief Minister had announced a compensation package for farmers and other people affected by the cyclonic storm Yaas June 10. However, the exclusion of Sambalpur district from the list of Yaas affected districts has left the farmers deprived of compensation. As a result, the fate of the farmers now hinges with the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
"Every time we go out for hoeing the maize saplings, the rain and hailstorms start. Till now, our net sown area of around 5 kanals of land has been devastated by unseasonal hailstorms four times," said an anxious-looking Guddo Devi. The 26-year-old was preparing the firewood to make dinner for her three children while speaking about the calamity.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday approved a scheme for compensating farmers for crop loss caused due to natural calamities in the kharif-2021 season. Under the 'Kisan Sahay Yojna - 2021', the state government will compensate farmers for crop damage in the kharif season (June to November) without collecting any premium or registration fees, said an official release.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced a package for farmers affected by Cyclone Yaas which hit the coastal districts on May 26. He assured farmers that steps will be taken to expedite preparation of crop cutting report so that claims of farmers registered under the Pradhan Mantri Phasal Bima Yojana will be settled quickly.
FAO said in the latest desert locust situation update that control operations continue in southwest Iran against hopper groups. It added that small scale breeding is likely to commence with the onset of the monsoon in July. In view of the movement of locusts in southwest Iran, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said that a few small groups of immature adult locusts could form and move east to the Indo-Pakistan border.
Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil said in Belagavi on Monday that the Union government has appreciated the State government’s scheme of self-assessment of crop loss by farmers and to link it to the Bhoomi software tool. “Farmers are happy that they can assess loss and due to linkage, loss-related data gets uploaded to their Records Of Rights,Tenancy And Crops (RTCs).
Compared to last year, the mango crop may have seen a nearly 80% drop in production this season. Principal scientist at the ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, AR Desai said that change in weather patterns, the extended rain last year and the lack of availability of good quality grafts for the propagation of the crop has led to poor production of the king of fruits.
Cyclone Yaas that made landfal in Odisha May 26, 2021, damaged large tracts of crops, affecting betel–vine farmers, paddy farmers and vegetable growers in Kendrapara, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak districts. The unseasonal torrential rain and ferocious winds brought by Cyclone Yaas severely damaged large tracks of vegetables, black and green gram, groundnut and summer paddy crops across the districts.
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