Rezatec, a leading provider of geospatial data analytics, has launched a free smartphone app that acts as a portal for farmers to record their agricultural activities and provides recommendations for optimal sowing and irrigation scheduling. Based on preliminary results from the experimental stations, the app has demonstrated the potential to increase wheat yields by up to 12%.
Mt Kenya region is expected to suffer from its staple maize shortage following excessive rains that continue to pound the country, delaying harvesting and triggering aflatoxin contamination, several county ministers of agriculture have said. In Kirinyaga, Embu, Nyandarua, Murang’a and Meru, maize is yet to be harvested as farmers await rains to ease, but that appears not to be happening.
Lashed by heavy rains and plagued with monkey attacks this season, coconut plantations in Goa have faced a crop loss, owing to which there is a shortage of the nuts in the local market, experts said. "Owing to the heavy rains last year, the flowering and fruiting of the crop has been affected, hitting coconut production.
About 63.99 lakh hectares of farmland have been affected by floods in 15 states, while 7.91 lakh hectares of agriculture land has been hit by drought in two states so far in the ongoing 2019-20 crop year (July-June), union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. "There have been extreme weather events in the recent past including extended dry period, flood, hailstorm, cyclonic rains and wind, etc.
Sorghum crops in areas where the agricultural parasite Striga, also known as witchweed, is common are more likely to have genetic adaptations to help them resist the parasite, according to new research led by Penn State scientists. Changes to the LGS1 gene affect some of the crop's hormones, making it harder for parasites to find in the soil, at least in some regions.
The government is planning to revamp its flagship crop insurance scheme - Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) - by giving more flexibility and freedom to states and farmers in choosing insurance products for risk hedging as per the proneness of the particular state to the specific weather vagary.
The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomizers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis. Hundreds of millions of the voracious insects have swept across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya in what the U.N. has called the worst outbreak in a quarter of a century, with Uganda, Eritrea and Djibouti also affected.
You may have noticed winter's getting shorter and shorter, resulting in earlier arrivals of spring. For example, last month was the ninth warmest January on record and set multiple high-temperature records. Fruit trees that historically have done well in a region are seeing decreasing yields as favorable locations shift.
Hundreds of women with painted earthen pots on their heads joined the march to a venue in the outskirts of Gambharikhol, a village in Daspalla block of Odisha’s Nayagarh district. Each of the pots was full of the seeds collected from the Kharif harvest of their heritage crops, indigenous landraces that have evolved in the region over thousands of years of agrarian practice and culture.
The weather was warm. Towards February 5, air temperatures peaked at 18-20°C with the average daily air temperature being 4-5°C above its normal level necessary for winter cereals to grow. Despite high temperatures in most regions, growth resumption in winter crops was curbed by a topsoil moisture shortage because of low precipitation rates in January.
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