The farmers of ar-Rūj plain, west Idlib province, suffer from a shortage of water irrigation, which led to a decrease in the cultivated areas, especially the tomato growing areas. Tomato cultivation, a strategic crop, was affected by several factors, including high cultivation costs, sales of medicines, and fertilizers in US dollars, as well as the spread of broomrape disease.
Today marks the latest release of the AHDB Planting and Variety survey results, providing planted area estimates for the 2020/21 season. This season has cast many challenges to UK growers. Starting off with the rain soaked end of 2019, we saw winter planted acreages decline in favour of later spring drilling options.
The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds." "Cherries and apricots have been heavily damaged by hail on July 3rd.
“A perfect storm” of obstacles is threatening thousands of Alberta beehives. “It’s almost been like a perfect storm in the last year,” said Ron Greidanus, owner of Greidanus Honey Farm in Stettler and a board member of the Alberta Beekeepers Commission. “There’s no one particular reason for it. There are a number of significant contributing factors.”
Abdullah Ismail al-Abdullah, a farmer, displaced from the western countryside of Aleppo to the village of Killi in northern Idlib, told Enab Baladi that no organization has awarded compensation for the losses faced by many farmers including him due to floods and unseasonal rains in north-western Syria.
A June 30 report -published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service- estimates that the state of Idaho planted 300,000 acres this season, down by 10,000 acres from the prior year. NASS estimates Washington’s potato crop at 145,000 acres, down by 20,000 acres, and Oregon’s spud acreage is said to held flat at 45,000 acres.
Nepal is offering farmers cash rewards for catching desert locusts to limit the damage caused by the destructive swarms that have ravaged harvests in India and Pakistan. South Asia is experiencing its worst infestation in decades, with the plague of locusts devastating agricultural heartlands and are now entering Nepal.
In the wake of COVID-19, the nation was already suffering a huge loss in every possible manner. The limelight was on the hard-hit economy. The fortune contains more in its book, and the new pandemic arrived with locusts. Locusts are insects that travel in large swarms with a speed up to 150kms per daywhich depends on the wind speed as well.
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