The Maharashtra government''s loan waiver scheme should cover farmers who suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rains in October last year, the opposition BJP demanded in the assembly. This will leave out cultivators who suffered crop losses due to untimely rains in October last year, the former chief minister said.
Unseasonal rains with hailstorm over the past two days have caused massive damage to crops at several places in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, officials said. According to Bihar government officials, rain and hailstorm in parts of south and north Bihar adjacent to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday damaged flowering and fruiting oilseed, pulses, vegetables, tobacco crop, and blossoming mango orchards.
Recent rainfall has brought much needed relief from drought and heat across the Central Tablelands, but the wet weather can also pose risks for livestock - the Local Land Services warns. "Now that we've had some rain in most parts of the region, it's a good time to review the vaccination status of livestock and give booster injections where appropriate, particularly for clostridial diseases such as pulpy kidney."
February so far has brought unusual weather to Mexico which has caused issues for the Mexican winter vegetable programs. Bridges Organic Produce works with partners in Mexico in the Hermosillo, Culiacan, and Guaymas regions and fortunately remains in relatively good shape, with only three of their five partner fields seeing some damage and the damage is minimal compared with many other growers.
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.
Hundreds of farmers hit by the slow pace in paddy procurement are staring at huge losses as their paddy stocks are exposed to unseasonal rain in Odisha. The State has been receiving widespread rain due to western disturbance since Tuesday. Eighteen of 28 meteorological observation stations in the State recorded rainfall on Wednesday.
Following the episode wherein agricultural fields in the state were inundated by heavy rains in 2019, the agriculture department has disbursed crop-loss compensation of Rs 90 lakh from its own budgetary allocation. Farmers were also compensated under the chief minister's relief fund, with an amount of Rs 70.6 lakh.
Recent hailstorm and rain damage on wheat, mustard, potato, and tomato crop reached a total of 2,534 acres in Ladwa block of Kurukshetra district, said officials of agriculture and revenue departments on Thursday. Kurukshetra deputy director of agriculture (DDA) Pardeep Meel said, "On Thursday, more farmers applied for compensation of wheat crop loss under the crop insurance scheme (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana).
Potato growers in the area are quite upbeat ahead of the harvest season. The crop was grown in approximately 6,230 acres in the city this season. Agriculture experts say that potato growers will reap rich dividends with high yield as mild rain at this time would prove to be conducive for growth of the crop. The rain has ended foggy conditions that affect its growth.
Nyandarua farmers are counting huge losses caused by the ongoing rains, posing a food security threat in one of the country’s food baskets. The most affected is maize which is ripe for harvest and is now rotting in farms. Maize farming is a second most important agricultural activity in the region after Irish potatoes.
Good rains that the country received this year after many years of below-par monsoon haven’t helped farmers reap a rich harvest. Instead, the heavy rains in the second half of the 2019 monsoon season caused untold damage to farms in many parts of the country. This, coupled with a decline in agricultural exports, hit farmers badly.
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