ABARES says its own analysis, based on industry estimates, places the number of cattle producers lost as a result of severe flood events in northern Queensland in late January and early February 2019 at 600,000. It also notes that recent saleyard data indicates that demand for young cattle for restocking is high in northern Queensland.
The frequent and torrential rain has flooded cities and small towns across Northeastern Ohio. For those who live off the land, flooded fields have brought significant losses in product and revenue, potentially driving up grocery prices later in the season. With a scruffy beard and muddy work boots, Charles Kettering gazed over his hundreds of rolling acres near Ashland on Monday afternoon.
The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) is Canada’s new generation of Earth observation satellites, launched on June 12, 2019. The three identical satellites will work together to bring solutions to key challenges for Canadians, including farmers. The data coming from the satellites are going to provide wall-to-wall coverage of Canada’s terrestrial land mass.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts world coffee production for 2019/20 to reach 169.1 million 60-kilogram bags, according to its Coffee: World Markets and Trade report, released in June 2019. This marks a decline of 5.4 million bags from the previous year. USDA attributes this drop primarily to Brazil’s Arabica trees entering the off-year of the biennial production cycle.
A private insurance firm has been booked for fraud after rejecting insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Singhwa Ragho village of the district. The complainant said the farmers were entitled to insurance cover for cotton and bajra for the 2017 kharif season. The SBI branch in Bhatla village had deducted premium from accounts of farmers and paid the firm for insurance cover.
France will declare a state of natural disaster after rain and hail storms lashed a swathe of the south-east on Saturday, devastating crops. The worst-hit area, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region, is at the heart of France’s food production and known as the “orchard of France”. Many farmers had lost 80-100% of their crops.
Torrential rains and hailstorms that severely hit several parts of Kashmir earlier this week have severely damaged apple and cherry crops, causing huge losses to growers. Several varieties of cherries were ready to be harvested. Cherry growers who witnessed decline of the prices of their fruit last year now fear for the worst.
Among some California farmers, the heavy rain was anything but welcome. The wet weather damaged blueberries and stone fruit and delayed harvesting of some naval orange varieties. But for cherry farmers, the May weather was particularly unwelcome, as ahead of it they believed they were heading into a great 2019 harvest season.
With the maximum and minimum temperatures soaring, the crop yield is likely to witness a loss of 10 to 40 per cent in parts of Himachal Pradesh. Solan has witnessed the highest temperature of 37.5oC and lowest of 20oC this season, which was among the highest temperatures recorded in the recent years.
Agriculture is facing new challenges every year, which makesfarmers and agribusinesses around the world to rely heavily on insurance companies. According to data provided by the World Bank, the Earth population will increase up to 9 billion by 2050. During the same period, food demand will grow by 50%.
Millions of locusts have invaded the Italian island of Sardinia, with the province of Nuoro the worst hit. This invasion was the worst infestation in nearly 60 years and was devastating to both livestock and crop farmers. The swarms have destroyed crops and an estimated 2 500 ha of grazing land, while houses in the region have also been infested.
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