Tanzania - Adverse weather conditions lead to millions of losses

25.02.2019 296 views
According to a study revealed by the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (Simlesa), climate change is costing Tanzania some $96.6million every year in crop losses. Funded by Australia, Simlesa released a study on 20.02.19, that says climate change is affecting annual crop production causing losses of over 300 000 tonnes of staples like maize and legume yields. To bring it to perspective that is almost 2 per cent (1.65%) of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Titled, Country Synthesis Report 2018, the study was released at the launch of a seminar on Conservation Agriculture Technologies held in Arusha at the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (Tari). Speaking at the event, Simlesa’s Local Coordinator Dr John Sariah, said conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification (Casi) technologies was one of the climate smart technologies tested and validated by the project to address low productivity. According to Dr Sariah, Conservation Agriculture Technologies have the ability to increase maize production to 4.5 tonnes/ha. Without application of these smart interventions, the study revealed that an hectare of maize is only producing a mere1.2 tonnes per hectare and production of maize continues to fall consistently over the years.

Climate Smart Technology

Technically known as Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (Casi) Technologies, Casi stands for climate smart technology that is meant to provide solutions to the negative effects of climate change on agriculture. It has so far been tested across five sub-Saharan countries including Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania. The technology is geared at reducing low productivity that is caused by bad weather condition as climate change impacts African countries with a great toll. As such, Casi, aims to create food security by increasing productivity by the use of climate change resilient systems.

Climate Change Effect on Agriculture

As early as 2015 scientific reports warned of the adverse effects that climate change will have on food security. A report titled ‘Yield gap analysis for Tanzania – The impacts of climate, management, and socio-economic impacts on maize yields,’ warned that ‘Food security will be the biggest challenge for Tanzania in the next decades.’ The report says, even though Tanzania has a diverse ecosystem it is endangered because it has not adapted agronomic practices. When it comes to addressing the effects of climate change; ‘Current innovation strategies focus mostly either on the issue of food security or on environmental damages, but rarely on both issues,’ the report says. It is estimated that maize accounts for 40 per cent of the total land cultivated in Tanzania and it is the staple that is relied on by almost 80 per cent of the country. Source - https://www.exchange.co.tz

USA - Vermont farms are still recovering from flooding as they enter the growing season

Hundreds of Vermont farms are still recovering from last July's catastrophic flooding and other extreme weather as they head into this year's growing season. Dog River Farm, in Berlin, Vermont, lost nearly all its produce crops in the July flooding.


2024 AgroInsurance Conference - Presentations from Partners and Sponsors

Swiss Re (Switzerland), Generali (Serbia), Planet Labs (USA), GAF AG (Germany), Agremo (Serbia), Skyglyph AG (Bulgaria) and K. M. Dastur (UK/India) are the confirmed partners and sponsors of the Conference. The topics from our Sponsors and Partners will cover specifics of underwriting approaches, product design and technology innovations in agriculture insurance, when applying earth observation data facilitating proper informed decisions.


USA - Banana industry's future in the face of challenges

Bananas, a significant source of potassium, are enveloped in their own biodegradable packaging, making them a convenient and widely consumed fruit in the US. They play a crucial role in the American diet, with their consumption exceeding 20% of the total fresh fruit intake, which has expanded from 92 to 136 pounds per person annually over the past 50 years.


Latvia - Early April heatwave impacts fruit farming

In Latvia, an early April heatwave has prematurely awakened flora, leading to the blossoming of plums, apricots, cherries, and the greening of apple and pear trees. This abrupt seasonal shift has prompted concerns among fruit farmers as a subsequent drop in temperature and expected frosts threaten plantations.


South Africa - Uncertainty looms over winter crop planting season

As South Africa navigates through the aftermath of El Niño, its agriculture sector braces for the significant impact it could have on the upcoming winter crop season. As the country approaches the winter planting season, concerns loom over the potential challenges posed by limited rainfall.


Birds, beetles, bugs could help replace pesticides

Natural predators like birds, beetles and bugs might be an effective alternative t pesticides, keeping crop-devouring pests populations down while boosting crop yields, researchers said Wednesday.


USA - What California citrus growers may need to recover from a record year for fruit fly

Redlands Daily Facts reports that Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, R-Yucaipa, joined other members of the state legislature in writing a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, requesting $45 million in emergency funding for citrus growers grappling with an invasive fruit fly that has heavily impacted distribution and sales.


India - Unpredictable weather hits potato farming

In a setback for India's agricultural sector, potato farming has been severely affected by unpredictable weather patterns, leading to a significant drop in production. Bad weather last November impacted potato farming in the nation. It damaged the crops when they were just planted, thus farmers had to plant them again in December.

istanbul escort şişli escort tbilisi escort şişli escort şişli escort maslak escort istanbul escort beşiktaş escort taksim escort izmir escort ümraniye escort mecidiyeköy escort şişli escort taksim escort ümraniye escort kartal escort şirinevler escort maltepe escort istanbul escort ümraniye escort kadıköy escort vip escort mersin escort istanbul escorts ataköy escort avcılar escort beylikdüzü escort okmeydanı escort şişli escort tuzla escort işitme cihazı sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop