Sorghum has taken a hard hit, with farmers forced to bale some crops for feed. The ongoing drought conditions saw cropping greatly reduced around the region and staggered planting and harvesting. Agronomist Jim Hunt said crops planted in October suffered from low soil moisture and the summer heat while those planted in late 2018 missed the worst of it.
Farmers were harvesting boro paddy days before those could ripen in Hakaluki Haor in Moulvibazar after rain accompanied by hailstorm damaged crops on vast tracts in the last few days. They feared further crop loss in flash floods, a calamity the region suffers frequently during this time of the year. The floods are triggered by heavy rains and onrush of water from the hills.
The Mekong Delta and the south-eastern region plan to grow other crops on more than 126,300ha of low-yield rice fields this year as a means of adapting to climate change and improving farmers’ incomes. Of the figure, 124,526ha are in the delta, according to the Plant Cultivation Department. Farmers will rotate rice and other crops in the same fields or stop growing rice completely and grow only other crops.
French farmers destroyed a total of 18,000 hectares of rapeseed, more than double the area initially expected, following the discovery of a non-authorized genetically modified organism (GMO) in seeds, German group Bayer said on Friday. Bayer had announced in February that farmers in France and Germany were turning over thousands of hectares of rapeseed crops after traces of a GMO variety grown in Canada were detected in batches of seed sold in Europe.
The Iraqi Ministry of Trade on Thursday reported that large quantities of wheat and barley have been spoiled due to recent bouts of extreme rainfall across many parts of the country. Fearing flash floods, multiple provinces have declared a state of emergency as several instances of torrential rains continued. Dams being filled amid continued precipitation and the increased flow upstream further exacerbated those concerns.
The rainstorm that ravaged settlements in Bara and Parsa districts on March 31 also destroyed crops worth millions in Bara alone, as per the preliminary estimate. According to Agriculture Knowledge Centre, Bara, crops that were ready for harvest including wheat, lentils, maize among others were damaged by the massive winds that struck the area.
The deadly swine virus sweeping through eastern Asia, leading to the death of almost one million Chinese pigs, could potentially derail Australia’s pork sector if it infiltrates the nation’s borders, industry figures warn. African swine fever, a contagious viral disease lethal to pigs, continues to rattle the global market as it spreads across China, with about 950,000 pigs reportedly culled since about August last year.
Flooding has caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Iranian agriculture, an official said on Thursday, as the parliament speaker questioned whether government funds would be adequate to compensate communities and farmers. About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods and exceptionally heavy rains since March 19.
Resentment is brewing as Philippine govt fails yet again to address the plight of growers. It has been three years since the shooting of protesting farmers by policemen in the southern Philippine province of Cotabato.The farmers were demanding 15,000 sacks of rice and the immediate release of disaster funds to address an ongoing drought brought about by the El Nino phenomenon.
At this time of the year, people of Changrey in Trongsa will be busy transplanting chili sapling or harvesting barley. Not this year. A severe hailstorm on Tuesday, that lasted for about an hour, covered Changrey in Drakteng gewog in white, making it look like as if it snowed. The storm destroyed all the chili saplings, buckwheat, cardamom, maize, potatoes and oranges in the area. The farm road in the area was also affected. Every household in Changrey cultivated acres of chili and buckwheat.
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