According to Chilenut's first estimates, the rains have affected about 30,000 tons of nuts, 33% of which were severely damaged. The heavy rainfall during the past weekend negatively impacted the harvest of nuts. The Chandler variety, which is a late variety, suffered severe damage from all the water it received for almost three days and that, depending on the area, exceeded 100 mm.
Florida’s citrus growers say as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the deadly greening disease, which is making a huge dent in the state’s $10.7 billion citrus industry. Greening was first detected in Florida in 2005 and threatens to destroy Florida’s citrus industry. Florida has lost about $7.8 billion in revenue, 162,200 citrus acres and 7,513 jobs to citrus greening since 2007.
Ongoing waves of cold during early April are taking a toll on fruit tree blossoms in parts of the northeastern United States. Farmers are holding their breath as they wait out the cold to inspect the impact on trees and vines. The combination of a very mild winter, above-average temperatures during March and the most recent bout of below-freezing temperatures have caused damage to some fruit crops.
The state-owned Punjab Agri Export Corporation Limited (PAECL) purchased onions in June and July 2014 after the onion crop in Maharashtra was damaged by poor weather. This purchase decision has been criticised by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for not considering the ''commercial and safety angle'' and it resulted in losses of Rs 27.9 million. The Centre had advised the Punjab government to consider the desirability of procuring and storing onions at current price and releasing them to the market during a lean period when prices showed an upward trend.
Expressing concern over loss of livestock and damage caused to the blossom of crops due to heavy rains, CPI(M) senior leader and MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has urged the administration to make immediate assessment of the losses and to provide relief to the affectees of this natural calamity. In a statement issued today, Tarigami said that the heavy incessant rains have caused loss of livestock in some parts of the state, besides crops have also been affected due these rains.
Farmers in the Northern and Upper East Regions have taken delivery of maize shellers and multicrop threshers to boost their farming operation and reduce post-harvest losses. These were supplied by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Agriculture Technology Transfer Project (ATTP). Beneficiary farmers pay 30 per cent of the cost of the machines with USAID taking care of the remaining 70 per cent. Madam Blessing Kamakolam, Grants Manager of Feed the Future – USAID-ATTP, who handed them over at a ceremony in Tamale, said the goal was to significantly increase maize production to enhance food security.
A total of $208.3 million (US$100 million) is the final damage assessment to the agriculture sector in Fiji. Cyclone Winston has affected 44,522 farmers and recovery is expected to take years. This does not include the sugar industry. The final damage assessment covers crop, live stock and infrastructure damage which will affect 220,000 people. The Northern division is the worst affected with a damage bill of $93.8 million (US$44.9 million). Cyclone Winston devastated high value crop areas from the coastline areas of Bua, Cakaudrove and Tavueni.
The prevailing El Niño already incurred losses of more than P5 billion to Philippine agriculture as of this month, leaving the government completely helpless and highly challenged in terms of trying to bring more growth to the sector. A data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that as of this month, the damage caused by El Niño to the agriculture sector have already reached P5.32 billion since February last year. Of the P5.32 billion, around P1.9 billion worth of damage were recorded over the last two months.
The economic losses in agriculture caused by frosts last Wednesday amounted to 45 million Euro, as reported by the Council of Agriculture, Water and Environment of Murcia, with data collected by the District Agricultural Office (OCA). Cieza is the most affected municipality, with a loss totalling 37.7 million Euro, while Jumilla has estimated the losses at 3 million Euro and Caravaca at 1.1 million Euro. The most affected crops are almonds, with 7,225 hectares; peaches, with 1,986 hectares; nectarines, with 1,289 hectares, and citrus fruit, with 823 hectares. Lettuce and artichokes have also been hit.
Figures on agricultural losses from major bushfires this fire season at Scotsburn, Barnawartha and Lancefield show that farms have suffered significant damage. Some farmers have lost thousands of dollars in equipment, livestock and future earnings. Almost 4700 livestock (mostly sheep) were killed, 590 kilometres of farm fences and 99 sheds were destroyed and seven hectares of orchard plantings or grapes burnt. The fires also burnt more than 4200 hectares of pasture and destroyed almost 450 tonnes of hay.
South Carolina farmers facing steep losses from last year’s flood must await government action on financial assistance as the new Farm Bill and private crop insurance are not built to handle such a disaster, according to presenters at an event sponsored by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. While politics may be distasteful for some, it is essential to survival, - S.C. Farm Bureau President said at the S.C. Cotton Growers annual meeting sponsored by Clemson Extension and the S.C. Cotton Board.
A recent report from the state Department of Agriculture estimates that Central Washington apple growers lost at least $85 million, which is less than 5 percent of the state’s $2 billion industry. Raspberry growers in Western Washington lost $14 million, dryland wheat farmers lost $212 million, and hay growers around Ellensburg lost $11 million. In May, the agency estimated the drought could cost $1.2 billion in lost harvests, including $243 million from Yakima Basin junior irrigators.
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