Several counties are battling new desert locust invasions despite the ongoing spraying of hatchlings …. Farmers have urged the government to spray the locusts and compensate those who have incurred huge losses. Seed growers, including Kenya Seed Company, have halted work amid the coronavirus onslaught.
Midlands Provincial Public Service inspector, Mr. Andrew Chimanyiwa, on Sunday lost 20 head of cattle after they were struck by lightning at his farm in Gwenhoro outside Gweru. This, officials have said, brings to around 50 the number of cattle killed by lightning in the province since the beginning of this month.
Chile has been having a good grape season so far, and has been able to take advantage of the California season ending early and the Peruvian Ica-region season starting late. “We’ve been able to enter a fairly empty market – much emptier than it was last season,” says Christian Corssen of Compañia Frutera Santa Maria, who exports their grower’s grapes throughout Chile.
The insurance and perhaps reinsurance market loss from the recent severe convective storms and large hail events in Australia is estimated to have risen by 27% in just one day, reaching A$407 million (around US $280m) as claims start pouring in. This outbreak of severe convective weather, thunderstorms, large hail and flooding affected a swathe of southeast Australia over the weekend.
It is mainly the weather that is to blame - sometimes too hot, sometimes too wet. But the demand leaves something to be desired as well. ABC Fresh is specialized -among other things- in grapes and was wiling to comment. "It's not going as well as expected. The demand is not particularly intoxicating. That applies not only to grapes but generally one does not have yet the impression that next week is already Christmas. Some days it is all right, on others it is a real "coma".
Whіlе Веlіzе’ѕ сіtruѕ іnduѕtrу hаѕ bееn еmbаttlеd bу dіѕеаѕе, іt wаѕ fоrtunаtе еnоugh tо еѕсаре аnу mајоr іmрасt frоm thе drоught thаt саuѕеd ѕеrіоuѕ dаmаgе tо thе аgrісulturаl ѕесtоr thіѕ уеаr, ассоrdіng tо Сhіеf Ехесutіvе Оffісеr оf Аgrісulturе іn thе Міnіѕtrу оf Аgrісulturе, Fіѕhеrіеѕ, Fоrеѕtrу, thе Еnvіrоnmеnt, аnd Ѕuѕtаіnаblе Dеvеlорmеnt, Јоѕе Аlрuсhе.
As the first growing season since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill comes to a close, farmers are likely to evaluate plans for next year after counting their losses. Vote Hemp, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., pegs those losses at a significant amount—the organization estimates anywhere from 40-50% of the hemp planted in 2019 wasn’t harvested.
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