North Kashmir’s Sopore and South Kashmir’s Shopian – seem doing farming with liberated outlook at the moment. Behind this empowerment is the banking that has relieved the sector from traditional bottlenecks. Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi is no more calling shots by deciding fate and rate of their crop; while the commission agents aren’t demanding like before. Till five years ago, an orchardist from Sopore would avail finances from middlemen sitting in Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi.
Floods have damaged crops worth around Tk 500 crore on 87795 hectares of land in Kurigram and Bogra districts. Our Kurigram correspondent, quoting deputy director (DD) of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the district, reports that floods have damaged crops worth around Tk four crores in the district.
Owing to deficient rainfall in Uttara Kannada district, there was crop loss on about 25,000 hectares so far and the estimated loss was put at Rs. 17crore, according to ZP president. She was addressing the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Karwar on Friday. As per the primary survey, there was crop loss on 9,900 hectares in Mundgod taluk, 9,000 hectares in Haliyal, 5,000 hectares in Sirsi, 450 hectares in Joida, 440 hectares in Yellapur and 230 hectares in Siddapur taluk, she said.
The long dry spell in Jharkhand is worrying both farmers and agriculture scientists who fear crop loss, especially in seven districts, if this weather condition continues for another week. The agriculture department on Thursday convened an 'urgent meeting' of the representatives of farmers' bodies in the state, district agriculture officers and scientists of Birsa Agriculture University to assess the ground situation.
The State Government on Saturday assured the Assembly that farmers whose crops have been affected by floods and deficit rainfall will be compensated after receiving crop loss reports from the field level. Replying to a calling attention notice of Government Chief and other ruling BJD members, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister said deficit rainfall has been reported from 10 districts while eight districts were affected by floods.
Even as the tomato farmers are reeling under huge loss due to the steep fall in prices, the cultivators are worried about the prospects of damage to their crop due to pinworm attack. Experts from a number of agricultural and horticultural farming agencies have found that pinworm, a fruit borer, is attacking the tomato crop in Kolar and Chickballapur districts where it is cultivated on a large scale.
Deputy Director of the Horticulture told The Hindu that the affected crops including fruit bearing trees planted in the previous years and the one which were planted this year. The coverage of horticulture crops this year was less than 50 per cent of the targeted area and the yield from the planted crops would be drastically reduced due to the moisture stress and stunted growth.
Agricultural insurance needs to expand, says the Financial Stability Report of the Reserve Bank of India. Coverage remains low, it notes. Crop insurance is inherently riskier and costlier than other segments, as incidence of failure is not randomly or independently distributed. Weather-related events affect an entire area and population at the same time.
In yet another bout of unexplained weather conditions, rain and hailstorms over the past two days across rural Maharashtra have left the farm sector dreading a bitter summer ahead. Maharashtra government officials pointed out that the state is spending about Rs 10,000 crore on a slew of schemes for the crisis-ridden farm sector — Rs 4,200 crore on a drought relief package.
In India, when monsoons are delayed and crops fail as a result, farmers often don’t know how to pay back the debts they have taken on to purchase seeds. More than 15,000 commit suicide every year. These fates are a shocking reminder of a global problem caused by global warming. Farming has always been a gamble, but the growing number of “unusual weather events”, as experts call them, make seeding and harvesting an even riskier business.
1. Weather based insurance (WBI) is better suited to cope with asymmetric information problems. 2.Launch of first WBI pilots in India and Morocco in the early 2000s. 3. Most of WBI contracts are designed to provide coverage against risk of drought. 4. Rationale: to promote adoption of higher income but riskier technologies. 5. Low participation […]
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