In Maharashtra’s Nashik district, experts forecast a 20% drop in grape production this year as the ready-to-harvest produce has suffered damage due to the recent, unseasonal rainfall. Grape acreage in the Nashik district is estimated at around 58,367 hectare, including 22,000 hectare in Niphad taluka, 15,758 hectare in Dindori , 11,671 hectare in Nashik and 5,148 hectare in Chandwad.
Central Otago cherry growers have been dealt another blow this season with heavy rain just after New Year causing major damage to fruit about to be harvested. Although the full extent of the damage is yet to be quantified, it is expected that up to 50% of the season’s bumper cherry crop has been lost due to splitting, resulting in the loss of $50 million in export revenue to the country.
A group from O. Duraisamypuram, Chokkalingapuram, A. Kandasamypuram, Thoppampatti, Kalkumi and Aatrankarai, all under Vilaathikulam taluk, arrived at the collectorate on Monday with the damaged crop, said rain at the beginning of monsoon was beneficial for rain-fed crops such as black gram, green gram, maize, corn, chilli, onion and pearl millet.
Rain storms, a fall in exports to China and a lack of staff played crucial roles in the challenging cherry harvest in Orange, that has now finished. In contrast, the flood of tourists from Sydney contributed to the pick-your-own season ending earlier than usual. Fiona Hall from BiteRiot said their packing shed, which takes fruit from several orchards in the region, finally wound up its 2020-21 operations last Sunday.
Unseasonal rain on Thursday has affected grapes and onions in parts of the Nashik district. Apart from Nashik city, unseasonal rainfall was reported from Niphad, Chandvad, Sinnar, Deola, Yeola and Trimbakeshwar talukas of the district. “Around 5% of the total 150,000 hectares of vineyards are now ready for the grape harvest.
Heavy rainfall in the Northern Cape – over 100mm over the past two days in some places – has gladdened the hearts of most in this arid area, but for the table grape producers in the Orange River Region yesterday’s rain has come at an inopportune time, with a third of the table grape crop still to be harvested.
Coffee planters across growing regions of Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan are staring at a loss of production this season due to off-season rains in November and December causing a delay in the harvesting of the crop. The planters are also facing an acute shortage of labour to pluck beans as nearly 50% of the workers that come from north-eastern states have not arrived yet due to spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Heavy rains over Central Otago, which began on New Year’s Day and did not let up until about 8.30 am yesterday, causing the Fraser River to breach its banks coupled with localised runoff from the hills. This means Central Otago cherry growers have lost millions of dollars of crop after 36 hours of persistent and heavy rain destroyed yet-to-be-picked fruit.
Untimely rain in parts of Maharashtra are posing a threat to grape cultivation in Nashik. The state’s growers fear that the quality of grapes will be affected due to rains, also leading to higher production costs with additional spending on pesticides. Unseasonal rainfall is also expected to affect the grape, pomegranate, mango and tomato crops in Maharashtra.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the State government will consider giving a relief assistance to the farmers for crop damages following a recent bout of unseasonal rains. At an event held in Bharuch district on Saturday, Rupani informed that the government will conduct a survey to assess the crop damages based on which the farmers will be provided relief assistance.
Strawberry production in Mahabaleshwar, a popular hill station in Maharashtra, which accounts for almost 80 per cent of the total strawberry produced in India, has been affected due to extended rainfall and lockdown restrictions. The extended monsoon which led to heavy rainfall during September and early October has adversely affected the fruit quality as well as output, said producers from Mahabaleshwar.
Namibia is a semi-arid to arid country, despite these conditions, the sustainable production of crops, fruits and vegetables remains key to sustain the food requirements of the nation. Rainfall is a key factor of production in rural areas and on most commercial farms. Moreover, rainfall provides the much-needed moisture that stimulates the regrowth of grasses and facilitates the growth of vegetables, cereal crops and fruit trees.
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