Losses caused to India by extreme weather events more than doubled in the 10 years to 2017 from the previous decade (1998-2007), with the farm sector bearing the brunt, according to a new report published by Action on Climate Today (ACT), a UK-based initiative that works with South Asian governments to build resilience against climate change.
A team of interdisciplinary scientists have come out with an online system that promises to substantially ease the process of planning and implementing micro-irrigation systems for agricultural fields. With water increasingly becoming a scarce commodity, farmers and other stakeholders in agricultural sector have been seeking novel ideas to grow more crops from the same amount of water.
The sub-zero temperature in Munnar has led to severe crop loss in tea plantations in the region. An officer of Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company Pvt Ltd (KDHP Company) told that 828 hectares of tea plantations have been affected by the frost in Munnar. The loss is estimated at 6.31 lakh kg of crop, he said. During 2018 January too, the company lost 6.31 lakh kg of crop when the mercury dipped to -2 degree Celsius in the hill station, which is also home to some of the biggest tea estates in the state.
Fall Armyworm, an invasive pest, has destroyed about 15,303 hectares of maize crop in the district, Collector K.Rajamani said here on Friday. He said a report had been sent to the government in this regard. The crop has been raised on 15,379 ha in eight taluks, including Pullampadi, Manachanallur, Thuraiyur, Uppilliyapuram and Vaiyampattai, and the pest has destroyed almost the entire cultivated area.
72-year-old Ghulam Mohammad of Pahnoo, Shopian, while supervising the pruning of his damaged orchard could not recall if he had ever seen such a devastation in November that he saw this year due to early snowfall. For Mohammad and thousands of other apple growers in Kashmir southern villages, the year 2018 was like a “monster that devoured the orchards sprawling over thousands of hectares”.
Odisha has sought an assistance of Rs 1,534.82 crore from the central government towards mitigation of farmers' problems due to the drought situation in certain pockets of nine districts, an official said on Friday. The state government, in its memorandum submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said that a crop loss (mainly paddy) of 33 per cent and above had been recorded in some pockets of the state as a result of erratic rainfall and moisture-stress condition.
The Tamil Nadu government has announced Rs 149.07 crore as a livelihood package for farmers who have lost their horticultural crops. Based on the enumeration taken by the Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops, about 24,000 hectares of horticulture crops were affected during the Gajacyclone in 12 districts, including districts in delta region. Crops that were most damaged were banana, mango, cashew, pepper, vegetables, acid lime, jack, betel vine, guava, papaya and flowers.
Farmers are eagerly awaiting their crop compensation in villages falling in and around Palamu tiger reserve. Standing crop and harvested crop both are destroyed and damaged by herd of elephants. Standing crop is raided by herd of pachyderms in the fields while harvested crop stored in barns which are always open and vulnerable is also destroyed by elephants. Sources said July to December every year is the vulnerable months of crop destruction by elephants.
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