The frosts at the end of April caused significant losses for many French farmers, according to the French National Association of Apples and Pears. In some areas of the country temperatures fell below 7 degrees Celsius, causing many producers to lose almost all of their crops, stated France Bleu. Some producers have managed to reduce the damage through the use of protection systems, such as heaters, antifreeze towers, and water sprinklers.
Dried up tanks, fields and worried faces greeted the three-member central team which inspected the drought hit areas in the four mandals in the eastern part of Chittoor district on Thursday. The team led by Vandal Singal, accompanied by district officials began its two day visit with Kayam village in Vadamalapet mandal where they saw the fields’ left unsown remaining barren and the dried up tank revealing the severity of the dry spell hitting the district consecutively for two years.
Sundays River Valley citrus farmers are set to lose up to R600m as half of their navel production has been lost due to abnormal weather patterns. Initial reports from farmers indicated that 40% of the navels were dropping from trees with the skin split, making it impossible to export them. But Sundays River Citrus Company (SRCC) managing director Hannes de Waal said updated figures showed 50% of the orange variant had gone to waste.
It appears that Polish cherry growers have been hit hardest by the freezing temperatures and frost that hit Poland on April 16-17 and again during the night of May 9-10. First estimates are that 90% of the sweet cherry crop has been damaged and 80% of the regular cherries. "We can expect higher prices and a higher share of export fruit. Losses to apples have been large, but cherries have been the hardest hit.
The loss of fruit, berries and nuts harvest over frosts at the end of April and early May tentatively could be around 1-1.2 million tonnes or 50-60% of the average level in the past years. "This year the critical situation with fruit berries and nuts harvest is predicted. Total loss could be 1-1.2 tonnes or 50-60% of the average volume in the past years of 2 million tonnes," Chairman of the Ukrsadprom Association Dmytro Kroshka said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine.
With snowpack levels still sitting above normal for mid-April, Washington growers have little reason to worry about water supplies this season. But two years ago, the worst drought in state history was just getting started and by the end of 2015, it had cost farmers about $700 million. Record heat and drought conditions were felt across the state that year, but they hit tree fruit growers with junior water rights especially hard.
Insight Amid the craziness of readying farm produce for storage or the market, it's easy for farmers to go a little overboard in the stampede to get over with it and earn some cash or just get the much-needed rest. Usually losses during harvesting occur between the beginning and completion of the process thanks to multiple factors that include the method of harvesting, condition of the crop at harvesting and how it is later moved from the field to storage or marketing point.
Cropping farmers forced to halt their annual harvest due to heavy rain are facing large losses as another low approaches South Canterbury. Metservice meteorologist Claire Flynn has warned Timaru and South Canterbury to expect anything from 20 to 40mms of rain to fall on Wednesday as a low from the Tasman Sea makes its way across the country. Federated Farmers South Canterbury hebage seedgrowers subsection representative Hugh Wigley said the rain had made it almost impossible to harvest with machinery.
Global reinsurer Swiss Re has pegged losses due to the drought in Tamil Nadu at $3 billion ( 19,463 crore) for 2016. However, only $400 million ( 25.95 crore) of these losses were insured. In January, the Tamil Nadu government had sought a drought relief of 39,565 crore from the Centre for affected farmers. The government had sent a letter to the Prime Minister's office after assessing the impact in all 32 districts in Tamil Nadu, with a team that included commissioner of revenue administration K Satyagopal and revenue secretary B Chandra Mohan.
Producers of watermelons and onions in Rio Grande and Cerro Zuela in Penonome, said they had suffered losses of more than 90 thousand dollars after the Penonome river overflowed and flooded their crops. The watermelon category had the biggest losses in nearly 15 hectares for export, while some three hectares of onions were affected. Producers have asked the Government for support.
According to Dominican Banana Association (Adobanano) president Simeón Ramírez, Northwest Line banana growers place the losses from flooded plantations at RD$2.1 billion. The figure has been confirmed by National Agricultural Producers Confederation (Confenagro) director Hecmilio Galván. Ramirez said some 5,500 hectares of banana plantations have been damaged, which he affirms has already led to a 25% fall in its exports.
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