The untimely rain, which lashed last night at various places in the district, damaged horticulture crops in the district, and at the same time, it brought respite from scorching heat. Rain occurred at various places in the district on the night of Wednesday causing damage to various horticulture crops, including plantain and mango, in Veerballim, Vampalle, Pulivendula, Ryachoti and Lakkireddypalle mandals.
Farmers in the state were already ruing the impact of the extended winter on the mango crop and the unseasonal rains are now going to aggravate the situation. The state on Tuesday received unseasonal rains in April with some places also recording hailstorms, which could severely impact the standing mango crop.
Between November of last year when Sharad Markad opened a cattle relief camp in drought-hit Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra and now, the price of a 5,000-litre water tanker has gone up from ₹700 to ₹1,000. In these six months, the number of cattle in the camp swelled from 200 to over 500. For 19-year-old Markad and his fellow villagers, it is now a daily challenge to feed the cattle and keep the camp running.
Axis bank debited premium for cotton even though the farmers were cultivating guar. Approximately 135 Kisan Credit Card (KCC)-holding farmers in Nohar tehsil of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district have been denied insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for kharif 2017. Why? Apparently because Axis Bank debited insurance premiums for cotton crops – which they had not cultivated.
Rain accompanied with hailstorm on Monday have damaged the standing wheat crop in the district. The authorities said wheat crop on 63,000 hectares had been affected. District chief agriculture officer KR Banga said the reports of damage to crop were received from all over the district. The loss of yield would be more in areas where yet to be ripened crop was flattened due to hailstorm, he added. He said the Agriculture Department had started assessing the loss suffered by farmers.
The skies turned dark over parts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday morning with some areas experiencing light rainfall accompanied by strong winds. Darkness descended over Chandigarh and adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali, in Haryana and Punjab, respectively, around 8 a.m. The weather continued like this for nearly two hours.
The rise in temperature levels, which is a part of the climate change phenomenon, is affecting agricultural yield in a more direct way than observed previously, and is set to play a significant role in the coming days. Experts from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), who studied four major crops in Karnataka, have found that the yields were consistently and “significantly low” in cropping seasons ...
Heavy rain accompanied by hailstorm damaged the standing Rabi crops in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and other parts of north Bihar late on Sunday night. Heavy rain and hailstorm flattened crops in various parts of the region while the harvest of wheat, mustard and other Rabi crops is barely a week away.
Adverse agro-climatic condition, prolonged winters and the increased difference between day and night temperatures at the flowering stage has given a big blow to Maharashtra mango output. Although the fruits have arrived in the market, this year’s production is estimated to be less than 70 percent in Maharashtra.
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