Farmers can avail of Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) during the kharif season if arecanut and pepper vines are damaged due to change in weather conditions. Oriental General Insurance Company is in charge of Dakshina Kannada district. The scheme automatically covers farmers who availed of crop loans from banks as it was mandatory.
This year’s mango production in Uttar Pradesh is around 70 percent down on last year (when the output was 4 million tons). A marginal growth in the mango output was expected earlier. The picking of 'Dussehri' started late this season due to a poor crop and adverse weather conditions -including hailstorms- in the orchards of Malihabad, which is a part of Lucknow suburb.
Unique crop insurance has been launched so farmers can protect themselves against poor yields triggered by extreme weather. It will automatically trigger pay-outs to farmers if extreme weather causes yields in their region to fall below the historic average. The policy is Britain’s first ever to insure shortfalls in cereal and oilseed rape crops.
The condition of the cotton crop here in the Panhandle is devastating according to farmers across the region. Rainfall followed by cooler weather in the month of May caused damage to many cotton plants in their earliest stage. It’s very fragile during that point and time. Cotton needs heat and warm soil temperatures to produce good root establishment for the plants.
Amid the hot weather baking much of California this week, the spate of rain and hail that hit the state last month may have faded from memory—but not for farmers who continue to tally damage from the spring storms. Farmers, pest control advisers and agricultural commissioners report damage to crops including onions, tomatoes, cherries and cotton, either directly from hail or as a result of diseases brought by wet weather at an inopportune time.
The current Padrón pepper campaign in Galicia is threatened by the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). "Our cooperative will lose just over 10% of the Padrón pepper production, but for some of our partners, the situation is truly tragic, since they have lost almost their entire production," says Fernando Veiga, manager of Horsal SCG, the largest Galician horticultural cooperative.
The recent heavy rain and gusts of wind registered in El Cibao have affected plantain and cassava plantations in the region. According to data provided by the Northcentral Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, 32,000 tasks of plantains were affected, 13,997 of which were totally destroyed, and some 373 cassava fields were damaged.
Insurance companies have missed the deadline to recognise and pay claims worth over Rs 5,000 crore made by farmers under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme. The pending insurance claims – which state governments have certified, but have not been approved by the companies yet – add up to a whopping Rs 5,171 crore and are for the recent kharif season, which ended in December 2018.
Fruit sizes and prices look good for California avocados, but an intense heat wave last July took a steep toll on crop volumes. Early estimates put the 2019 harvest at 175 million pounds, said Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the California Avocado Commission in Irvine. That's down considerably from 337.8 million pounds in the 2017-18 crop year.
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