As monsoon is all set to withdraw by month end, El Nino has hit hard whole of Bundelkhand and Gwalior-Chambal region and parts of eastern MP. Scarce rain in these areas have been badly damaged crops. Director, Indian Meteorological department state unit Anupam Kashyapi said after scarce rain, it is going to be a warmer winter, this year. El Nino, or a warming of sea-surface temperatures in Pacific, can lead to blistering weather across Asia and east Africa and result in heavy rain and floods in South America.
The Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagayatdar Sangh (MRDBS) has asked the state government to extend insurance coverage period for orchards at least up to April 30. Following pressure from the grape-growers, the state government had recently extended the insurance coverage period from January 30, 2016, to March 31. This will come into effect from November 1, 2015.
Describing Weather-Based Crop Insurance (WBCIS) as a major scam, a veteran whistleblower in Chhattisgarh on Thursday demanded a high-level probe. Alleging that government blindly accepted private insurance companies' term sheets, with clauses heavily loaded in their favour, leading to losses to both the farmers as well as state exchequer.
The Maharashtra government is likely to declare a drought in 8,000 of the state's 43,000 villages, or nearly one-fifth of the state. A declaration is expected after another eight days as the state receives initial estimates of crop loss. The Marathwada region has been worst affected, mainly the districts of Beed, Latur and Osmanabad. Portions of Jalna, Nanded and Parbhani in Marathwada have also been hit. Jalgaon in north Maharashtra as well as Satara, Sangli and Ahmadnagar in western Maharashtra and Buldhana in Vidarbha have also been impacted, state revenue minister said.
Kadur taluk and three hoblis of Chikkamagaluru taluk are reeling under drought-like situation. With the withering of horticulture and agriculture crops, the district administration has estimated the loss at Rs 35.46 crore. The officials from revenue, agriculture and horticulture departments had conducted a joint survey led by tahsildar and submitted a report to the district administratoion. The district administration is likely to submit the report to State government within two days, said highly placed sources to Deccan Herald.
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.
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