Prolonged monsoon, climatic change bite Alphonso mangoes
Last year’s prolonged monsoon and other climatic changes in Maharashtra have affected the Alphonso mangoes in the Konkan belt. The flowering and fruit setting has been delayed, leading to almost 50-60 per cent dip in production.
Alphonso mangoes usually hit major markets by early February, but this year’s season is delayed by almost 60 days. Regular delivery of Alphonso mangoes are expected to resume only by March-end.
China launches $200 mn fund to combat fall armyworms, locusts
China has allocated 1.4 billion yuan ($200 million) for the prevention and control of pests, including fall armyworms and locusts to protect the country’s massive agriculture sector as food security becomes a major concern.
Fall armyworms, which first arrived in China in January 2019, spread over a million hectares of farmland last year. It is likely to hit more crops this year including the key corn-growing region in the northeast.