Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country's fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both countries, where domestic workers shun hard physical labor and low pay.
Minnesota farmers continued to struggle with low profitability in 2019. Median net farm income was up slightly from the previous year at $36,211, but was still historically low. Each of the past five years has fallen in the bottom third of historical records tracked by University of Minnesota Extension and the Agricultural Centers of Excellence within Minnesota State when adjusted for inflation.
Alessandro Morini, a producer with almost 40 hectares of apple orchards in the Verona province, explains that the damage appeared to be more limited right after the frost, however, 8 days later, the situation does not appear to be good. "Gala and Golden are the varieties most affected. Quantities and quality have dropped and costs are higher.
According to the Chairman of the Agrarian-Peasant Association public organization Hrach Berberyan, the reduction of the potato acreage in Armenia in 2019 reduced that country’s reserves by 30%. “Last year, the sowing of potatoes, which along with bread is of strategic importance, decreased, and this year its stocks in the country are 30 percent less,” the expert said.
The Alberta government has fished $153 million out of its emergency and disaster fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help hard-hit farmers. Finance Minister Travis Toews has plucked $33 million from the $680-million fund to prepare for increased acute care expenses, doctor compensation and other pandemic costs in health, said the minister's press secretary, Jerrica Goodwin.
It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded. In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to deal with the impact of a new Dana or Gota Fria, making their way across the country.
The 21-day nationwide lockdown coincides with peak harvest season of Rabi (winter-sown) crops in many parts of the country, triggering demand for some regulated exemptions for farmers and farm laborers so that they don't lose their produce. The crops of wheat, gram, mustard and lentils are ready for harvest in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other parts in central India.
The spring rains caused by westerly weather systems are not unusual in Pakistan. And it is also not unusual that they cause a lot of losses and damage. They unleash torrential downpours, trigger avalanches, and flooding and sometimes also usher in harsh winter weather. In some cases, the collateral hailstorms seriously damage the wheat crop.
A recent heavy downpour has flattened wheat plants in several districts of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. Farmers worried about damage and quality of wheat output after harvest due to untimely rains in North India. Farmers faced yet another challenge due to heavy rain accompanied by winds throughout last week.
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