Growers of Hemmady’s famed sevanthige are demanding compensation from the government as a short winter this year delayed yield and now that the flowers are ready for plucking, demand has dipped. The horticulture department, however, says it is helpless: compensation can be given only if there is crop damage or loss.
While the scene is beautiful to look at, producers are not very happy as the prolonged high temperatures have made apricot trees blossom. The photos were taken on 16th February 2020 in the hills around Cesena (Forlì-Cesena). "I am worried because this may lead to problems caused by frost. Frost would be normal this time of year, it is the plants that have blossomed way too early," explains producer Loris Babbini.
With much of the country still gripped by drought, only one-third of Australia's usual summer crops have been planted this year. The latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report predicts the total summer crop production to fall by 66 percent to just 878,000 tonnes — the lowest yield in more than a decade.
Insect attacks are becoming stronger with rising temperatures and plants are not able to cope with the double whammy from pests and rising heat. These are the findings of a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study reinforces previous findings that persistent warm and dry conditions make pests ‘hungrier’, increase their populations and geographical range.
Grain growers are being urged to monitor and report pests found in crops after an exotic caterpillar, which has the ability to devastate the industry, was discovered in Australia for the first time. The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment said the fall armyworm was detected in Australia last week on the northern Torres Strait Islands of Saibai and Erub.
Even before the current locust onslaught, Kenya’s strategic food position was precarious, particularly with respect to three of our main staples: wheat, maize, and rice. Further to that, we need to import over a quarter of our sugar needs and there is a lot of inward cross border traffic of onions and other vegetables and fruits.
Late winter is a very important time for orchardists because now is when you should apply dormant oil spray to your fruit trees. Dormant oil (also called all-seasons spray oil) smothers insect eggs on fruit trees before they hatch. You can apply it any time before buds start to open in spring; now is the ideal time.
The government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), or crop insurance scheme, is likely to see a crunch in insurance capacity as companies as well as re-insurers move away from offering covers. While on one hand, re-insurers have increased rates for offering cover to insurers, on the other, claims continue to pile up.
The United Nations (UN) has called on the international community to provide nearly $76 million to finance aerial spraying of pesticides in East Africa, where swarms of locusts continue to decimate crops and threaten food security in the region. In a tweet published Thursday, the Executive Director for the UN World Food Programme warned that if countries “do nothing” now, they will be forced to spend 15 times more money to feed the 13 million people “devastated by the loss of their crops and livelihoods.”
The first U.S. trial over a herbicide called dicamba has landed Bayer AG and its German rival BASF SE with another potentially multi-billion-dollar problem. Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau awarded $265 million Saturday to a Missouri farmer who blamed the herbicide for destroying his peach orchards.
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