Agriculture

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Photos show Tonga covered in ash, 'all agriculture ruined' after tsunami impact

Photos from the Kingdom of Tonga show streets and buildings covered in heavy ash after the massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai on January 15, 2022. While streets and roofs can be cleared, tsunami waves, up to 15 m (49 feet) in some places, and heavy...

January 19, 2022

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Elevated levels of sulfur dioxide across the SW Pacific and Australia

Elevated levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are present across the SW Pacific and Australia after the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022. Since the eruption, the volcano has been releasing huge amounts of sulfur dioxide and...

January 19, 2022

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Heavy rains destroy over 5 million ha (12.4 million acres) of crops in 2021, India

Heavy rain in India has destroyed more than 5 million ha (12.4 million acres) of crops in 2021. Karnataka was the worst affected, with 1.4 million ha (3.5 million acres) of crop lost, followed by Rajasthan with 679 000 ha (1.68 million acres), West Bengal with 690...

December 01, 2021

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Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia has declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2021, after several days of heavy rain caused catastrophic floods in parts of the province. At least 1 person has been killed but officials fear the death toll will rise. Another atmospheric river...

November 18, 2021

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58 000 agricultural facilities in NE China's Liaoning affected by record snowstorms

Record snowstorms have affected 58 000 agricultural facilities in northeast China's Liaoning Province over the past few days. Local authorities said they are rushing to ensure power and food supply while repairing damages in a region heavily affected by rolling...

November 11, 2021

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Farmers in California abandoning their fields, U.S.

Farmers in California's San Joaquin Valley are abandoning their fields due to drought that resulted in water allotments cut by a third. Farmers in this region, reportedly the most productive agricultural region globally, grow 250 different crops on 17% of the...

October 16, 2021

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Historic crop loss as severe frosts hit Brazil

Farmers across Brazil are reporting widespread crop loss due to severe frosts affecting the country over the past 3 weeks. After several destructive cold waves, another blast is expected over the weekend, July 24 and 25, followed by yet another at the end of the...

July 21, 2021

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Huge swathes of farmland destroyed by hailstorms, Europe

Very heavy rain, strong winds, and intense hailstorms affecting parts of central Europe during the second half of June 2021 left more than 66 000 ha (163 090 acres) of crops damaged or destroyed. The figure doubled within just a few days and it still might rise as...

July 02, 2021

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80 percent of 2021 peach crop destroyed by frost, Hungary

About 80% of the 2021 peach crop in Hungary has been destroyed by spring frost, the National Agriculture Chamber said. "Hungary is good for growing peaches, but only the right types, in the right places and with the proper farming technology," said...

June 28, 2021

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California - Oregon border faces 'catastrophic' water crisis, irrigation water to farmers shut off

The water crisis along the California - Oregon border has reached catastrophic levels, on course to becoming the worst in generations amid historic drought in the area. Federal regulators have shut off irrigation water to farmers, severely impacting the agricultural...

May 18, 2021

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40 percent fruit crop loss after days of intense hailstorms hit Kashmir Valley, India

Intense hailstorms affecting Kashmir Valley over the past couple of days have caused extensive losses to apple orchards and other fruit crops. While damage occurred almost everywhere in the valley, more than 40% of fruit crops were destroyed in the districts of...

May 18, 2021

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Large swarms of locusts fly into southern Israel

Large swarms of locusts flew into southern Israel over the past weekend, April 24 and 25, 2021. Yellow insects flew into the areas surrounding Eilat, with some even coming from the sea. Their yellow color is an indication of their age as these bugs are mature and...

April 29, 2021

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Immature locust swarms decline but still persisting in Kenya and Ethiopia

Immature swarms continue to decline in Kenya and Ethiopia due to the ongoing control operations, according to an update by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. However, swarms are persisting in the absence of rainfall....

March 17, 2021

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Unprecedented Texas deep freeze results in 600 million dollar crop loss

Texas farmers and ranchers have lost at least 600 million dollars to the unprecedented winter storm that lashed the state last month, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The deep freeze left more than 4.3 million homes without power, paralyzed...

March 10, 2021

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Locust plague persists in Ethiopia, threatening crops and livelihood

Crops and livelihoods in Ethiopia are at high risk as locust plague persists in the country, with the highest number of swarms reported in the northern and central region. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), immature swarms are currently...

March 03, 2021

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Somalia declares state of emergency over new locust invasion, infestation persists in Saudi Arabia

Somalia has announced a state of emergency on Wednesday, February 4, 2021, as the nation battles a new generation of desert locust swarms that have already caused major damage to farmlands. Meanwhile, infestations are ongoing in Saudi Arabia, posing risks that any...

February 05, 2021

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Massive locust swarms attack Saudi Arabia, bigger invasion ongoing in the Horn of Africa

Massive locust swarms have invaded Saudi Arabia while a bigger and deadlier attack is ongoing in the Horn of Africa, which is set to descend on large parts of Ethiopia and Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Sunday, January 24, 2021. In...

January 25, 2021