The loss of crops due to years of drought, combined with the El Niсo weather phenomenon, means that "severe hunger" is likely to persist across southern Madagascar into next year. That's according to a new report from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Nearly 850,000 people are "acutely food-insecure" and require an "intensified humanitarian response" say the agencies.
After a devastating hail storm hit the Lingle area on July 27, producers were wondering what their next step would be. They weren’t the only ones. Fields and test plots at the University of Wyoming James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center had also been destroyed. The SAREC staff put their heads together and devised a plan to utilize the destruction to the advantage of future hail victims.
The Philippines has incurred huge losses in the agriculture sector amounting to almost 3 billion pesos (61.86 million US dollars) due to typhoon Sarika, locally named as Karen, a senior government official said Tuesday. Latest report from the field showed that the total production loss in agriculture due to Sarika was already estimated to reach 2.972 billion pesos, according to Christopher V. Morales, an official in the Agriculture Department.
Farmers in central west NSW are still counting the cost from recent storms which have destroyed hundreds of crops and left whole farms inundated in floodwaters. As water around Condobolin and Forbes slowly recedes, many low-lying farms remain underwater with crops demolished. On the flipside, farms removed from the flood plains will produce bumper crops after the heavy September rainfall.
With no guarantees or insurance against frost, a large number of farmers have suffered losses due to below-freezing temperatures in Wheatbelt, South West, and Great Southern regions, it has been reported. Some farmers have reported losing up to 50 per cent of their crops due to the ‘unusual’ frost, while others have been virtually unaffected.
Adelaide Plains farmers may lose up to $30 million in produce, as the costly fall-out from days of devastating storms and floods, starts to mount. Flood waters gradually started to recede in the region on Monday 3 October and producers were able to start surveying the cost of storms that have drenched the state with relentless rain, forcing rivers to break their banks.
Agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi, which swept across Taiwan on Tuesday 27 Sept., have risen to NT$2.58 billion (US$82.4 million), according to the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Sunday 2 Oct. Crop damage accounted for most of the losses at about NT$2.22 billion, with rice farmers taking the biggest hit, suffering crop losses of NT$385.75 million, followed by growers of bananas, guavas, bamboo shoots and grapes.
Taiwan's agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi have reached at least NT$1 billion (US$31.89 million) as of Wednesday 27 September, according to an initial estimate released by the Council of Agriculture (COA). As of 5 p.m., agricultural losses as a result of the damage caused by the storm had reached NT$1.03 billion, with Yunlin County in the central-south part of western Taiwan suffering the heaviest losses, the COA said.
In their effort to prevent losses during unforeseen disasters, 88,492 paddy farmers in Central Java’s northern coastal areas have participated in an agriculture insurance program. With the insurance, paddy farmers who mostly have only less than 0.5 hectares of farming land can request for payments to cover financial losses suffered from harvest failures caused by natural disasters, plant pests and diseases. They can later use the payment to start working on their paddy fields again.
Agricultural loss caused by Typhoon Meranti on Taiwan have been estimated at nearly NT$800 million, a report said Saturday. Meanwhile, the Air Force apologized for failing to provide meals to its servicemen dispatched to a village in the mountains of Hualien to help with prevention work against typhoon-triggered disasters last week. Meranti, which ravaged Southern Taiwan on Tuesday, damaged over NT$460 million worth of crops in Kaohsiung alone, the United Evening News reported, citing the city's Agriculture Bureau.
A state of emergency was requested for the territories hit by the exceptional bad weather in Puglia and especially in the Foggia area. All tomato crops have been compromised and the damage is great also for table grapes - respectively 60 and 30% of the produce has been lost - explains President of Alleanza delle Cooperative agroalimentari.
Agriculture losses from the March and August floods totaled almost $367 million, according to an analysis by the LSU AgCenter, threatening the future of some of Louisiana's farmers. Fifth District Congressman said he plans to use the LSU AgCenter estimates to justify adding $400 million in agriculture specific aid to a $2.8 billion relief package the delegation and Gov. are seeking to push through Congress this week.
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