The Republic of Srpska has experienced up to 25 million euro in damages to fruit and early vegetables. The assessment for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not yet finished. The Republic of Srpska government has said that it will provide help for fruit and vegetable growers, with the aide amount per hectare to be announced soon. However, there are currently good conditions for the crops which are now in season. The rainy period was long and, up to now, there has not been a drought.
A severe storm system hit Israel last week, causing extensive damages to a number of fresh produce industries. The storm started early in the week with strong rains and developed to feature intense winds and local hail events. The brunt of the storm was felt in the northern and central regions of the country. According to early reports, more than 300 separate agricultural operations were damaged by the storm; roughly half of those were fresh vegetables operations such as cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and eggplant.
In a grim reminder of the plight of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, hundreds of farmers in Dhar district were forced to destroy their standing tomato crop due to the recent fall in prices, in addition to the whitefly infestation. Adding to their woes, farmers who had spent huge sums on their lands have not received any insurance benefit thus far. According to available information, more than 250 farmers from various villages of Dhar district are destroying their standing crops over the past 15 days in preparation for the next season.
Fruit and vegetable production is down and prices are on the up as a result of the prolonged dry weather that has gripped the Western Division. Nature's Way Cooperative Ltd CEO said produce exporters in the country were reeling from the effects of the prolonged dry spell as farmers struggled to meet the heavy vegetable and crop demand. He said should the El Nino effect become more pronounced in the coming months, production would be further affected and emergency measures such as irrigation would be needed.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture declared a state of agricultural emergency yesterday due to the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. The Oriental Fruit Fly is considered one of the most serious of the world's fruit fly pests due to its potential economic harm. It attacks more than 430 different fruits, vegetables and nuts, including: avocado, mango, mamey, loquat, lychee, longon, dragon fruit, guava, papaya, sapodilla, banana and annona. The fruit flies lay their eggs in host fruits and vegetables.
Because of the heat and drought, the Romanian fruit and vegetable production this year will be smaller and more expensive. Experts say that production volumes could drop by around 20%. Currently, the market is sufficiently supplied. The situation in August was fine because many were on holidays and consumption was lower, but demand will increase ahead of the winter," said Aurel Tanase, Executive Director of the Romanian National Interprofessional Organization of Fruits and Vegetables.
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.
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