Agriculture

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Crops ravaged by a massive sandstorm, heavy impact on all crops grown in the open ground, Canary Islands

Crops in the Canary Islands were ravaged by a massive sandstorm affecting the archipelago from February 22 through 24, 2020. Agrarian leaders are expecting the damages to be long-term as not only the current harvest was lost, but the next ones are also at risk. The...

February 28, 2020

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Massive swarms of locusts invade Saudi Arabia

Vast swarms of locusts are invading agricultural areas across Saudi Arabia after countries in the Horn of Africa struggled with the biggest outbreak in decades. The swarm was confirmed to be from East Africa, according to Mohamad Al-Shammrani, director of combating...

February 22, 2020

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Pakistan declares national emergency over worst locust infestation in 27 years

The government of Pakistan declared a national emergency on Saturday, February 1, 2020, as the nation faces its worst locust plague in 27 years. The insects have been devastating crops on a large scale in Punjab province, the country's main region for...

February 04, 2020

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Locust outbreak approaches full blown crisis in East Africa

East Africa is reeling from the worst invasion of locusts as the outbreak is nearing a full-blown crisis, sparking alarm among international officials. In attempts to take measures, Somalia has declared a national emergency; Kenya deployed planes spraying...

February 04, 2020

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Kenya suffers worst locust invasion in 70 years, FAO warns infestation may worsen

After having ravaged crops across Ethiopia and Somalia, swarms of locust reached Kenya in their worst infestation in 70 years. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, that the invasions may worsen if the aerial and ground...

January 30, 2020

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Extreme desert locust outbreak threatens food security across East Africa

The most serious locust outbreak in decades is spreading across East Africa after recent massive floods, posing a threat to food security in some of the world's vulnerable countries. In India, Iran and Pakistan numerous Desert Locust swarms have been present...

January 20, 2020

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Worst locust plague in 60 years, roughly 360 000 ha (890 000 acres) of crops damaged in Rajasthan

At least 360 000 ha (890 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Rajasthan's 10 districts in the midst of the state's worst locust infestation in 60 years. The plague has been severe in Sriganganagar, with 75% of standing crops being damaged, as of January...

January 18, 2020

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Worst drought in 40 years turns tap water saline, impacts health and agriculture, Thailand

Thailand is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, causing tap water to turn saline as the water level at Chao Phraya River-- a major water source-- dropped too low to keep seawater out. According to authorities, the dry spell is also affecting water for...

January 17, 2020

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Typhoon "Phanfone" claimed 50 lives, affected 2.1 million people and wiped out 20 million dollars worth of farm products, Philippines

Typhoon "Phanfone," locally known as Ursula, has claimed 50 lives as of December 31, 2019. 143 people were injured and 5 are still missing. The storm wiped out almost 20 million dollars (1 billion pesos) worth of farm products following its devastating...

December 31, 2019

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2019 harvest a historic one after months of severe crop damage, North Dakota

North Dakota's 2019 harvest is said to be one for the history books due to the severity of the damage to crops from September to October by adverse weather conditions. What makes the 2019 crop year historic is the breadth of damage, and on top of that, as much...

December 27, 2019

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After drought and severe flooding, Somalia sees worst locust outbreak in 25 years

Desert locusts have been destroying massive swaths of crops and grazing lands in Somalia in its worst invasion in 25 years, the United Nations food agency said on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, adding that the infestation is likely to spread further. The nation...

December 22, 2019

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India's wettest monsoon in 25 years could bring record 2020 wheat output

Wheat production in India could jump to a second consecutive yearly record in 2020 as the wettest monsoon in 25 years is on course to help farmers in expanding the area under the winter-sown crop while also improving yields, industry officials told Reuters on...

December 01, 2019

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Farmers fear 80 percent crop loss after severe hailstorm in Canterbury, New Zealand

Two severe weather events battered New Zealand's Canterbury region over the past 3 days - a severe hailstorm in Timaru on November 20, 2019, and a destructive tornado that ripped through Christchurch on November 18. After the catastrophic events, farmers found...

November 21, 2019

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Unexpected persistent snowfall causes major damage to crops in Kashmir Valley, India

Heavy snowfall hit Kashmir Valley for 16 hours on November 7, 2019, wreaking havoc across the area and causing severe damage to crops. The month of November is the harvesting season for crops such as apple and saffron. However, due to the unexpected icy weather,...

November 13, 2019

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Top farmer warns: Forces at work to hide massive crop losses

Paul, a top 1% producer of commodities and specialty crops on over 4000 acres (1 600 ha), joins Christian to voice his concerns after the catastrophic growing season in the US and blow the whistle on “a force, an energy” that is working to keep people...

October 24, 2019

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Typhoon "Hagibis" damage to Japanese farms, forests, and fisheries tops 650 million dollars

Typhoon "Hagibis" caused widespread damage in Japan following its landfall near the Izu Peninsula on October 12, 2019. The aftermath is still being felt by farmers as the storm caused extreme damage to farms, forests, and fisheries. The total damage has...

October 23, 2019

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Study reveals new landslide risk factor

New research by NASA scientists revealed that flooding rice fields - a previously unknown risk factor - triggered a disastrous effect following the fatal 2018 Palu earthquake in Indonesia. Shortly after the extreme shaking, the solid ground turned into a landslide...

October 22, 2019