Almeria's vegetable crops are being heavily attacked by whiteflies, thrips and viruses; as a result, COAG Almeria has issued a call for growers "to contact their nearest COAG office or the District Agricultural Office (OCA) to provide them with reports on losses and crop damage," state sources from the agricultural organization.
An HLB (citrus greening) plague has put the Spanish citrus sector on guard due to the serious consequences it could have, considering that the harvest season is only just starting in Andalusia. The alarm was sounded at the horticultural fair Fruit Attraction 2015 by the company Citrosol. HLB is a bacterial disease transmitted by an insect, the Diaphorina citri, which has already been detected in the Canary Islands and Galicia and which has already caused the disappearance of much of the citrus acreage in some Asian countries.
Galicia's Council for Rural Affairs has adopted emergency measures after detecting the presence of a pest called Tecia solanivora Povolny (Scrobipalpopsis solanivora Povolny), known as Guatemalan Couza, which causes damage to potatoes. They said it has been detected in the municipalities of Ferrol, Neda and Narón, where the regional government has enforced urgent phytosanitary measures to try to control and eradicate its presence.
Over the last three weeks, the Phytosanitary Alert and Information System (RAIF) of the Government of Andalusia has detected a considerable increase in the fruit fly population in citrus plantations in the Coast and AndÃ©valo Sur, so they advise mass trapping to reduce it. The Government's technicians noted in their report that as soon as the extra-early citrus varieties started ripening, and with the early varieties about to arrive, as well, a period has started in which the bite of the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) may adversely affect both the production and the marketing of citrus.
August came to an end Monday in a destructive way in the Spanish region of Aragon. After weeks recovering from the previous hailstorm, registered in mid-July, another very severe one took place in Bajo Aragon and Matarraña. Hail the size of ping pong balls caused severe damage and panic, especially in Puigmoreno, Valmuel and Torre del Compte. The Alcañiz City Council announced late on Monday that it would proceed to seek a declaration of disaster area by the DGA and the central government, so that those affected can be eligible for support.
The extent of the losses and damage caused by a hailstorm that hit Rincon de Ademuz on Saturday afternoon is still being assessed. After removing the mud that covered the city, clearing the streets and making transit possible, all concerns are now focused on the fields. The Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders (Growers and Ranchers Association) estimates that 1,380 hectares have been affected and that crop damage could exceed 800,000 Euro.
Climate change inevitably leads to large regional variations in risks and opportunities and is likely to affect most farmers in the Mediterranean in the next decades. The interpretation of climate projections to determine appropriate policy responses is not without difficulties, such as understanding local uncertainty and responses of specific crops to sets of conditions.
The UK government is determined to press ahead with plans to make livestock producers share the cost of dealing with animal disease outbreaks. Producers will have to join an annual fee-based livestock registration scheme under proposals to establish a fighting fund to help pay for disease outbreaks.
The International Conference “Agricultural insurance as a tool for risk management”, which took place in Madrid on 15-17 November 2006, was a multinational forum for meeting and discussion between the various institutions and organizations interested in this model of agricultural risk management, as well as an opportunity for the exchange of experience between the participating countries and institutions, and it will serve to promote the implementation of common actions to help improve the protection of the agricultural sector. The participants at the Conference, which was attended by some 900 experts and specialists from 42 countries, were able to gain an in-depth knowledge of the existing experience of risk management through various insurance models. The discussion at the Conference focused primarily on aspects relating to the coverage of risks arising from adverse weather conditions and other natural phenomena, but an analysis was also made of the current situation as regards so-called income or revenue insurance and other instruments for offsetting damages.
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