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Egypt: Nile Delta under threat from climate change

Egypt's Nile Delta, the country's agricultural heartland containing much of its vital freshwater resources, is under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped…

Environment Minister Ricardo Lozano:

‘El Niño may cut Colombia's rainfall by 80 percent in early 2019’

In the first quarter of 2019, the El Niño weather phenomenon could reduce rainfall in Colombia by 80 percent, according to the country’s environment minister. This would cause…

New Zealand is unprepared for more frequent droughts

According to  a new report, more droughts could bring disease, power outages and food shortages and New Zealand isn't ready. Although the country has historically been "water-rich",…

Peru: The next El Niño won't be very intense

The probability of an upcoming El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that increases the average temperature of the planet, oscillates between 75 and 80% in the next three months,…

WMO Update: 75-80% chance of El Niño within next 3 months

According to the latest update from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), there is a 75-80% chance of an El Niño developing by February 2019, although it is not expected to be a strong event. Sea surface temperatures are already at weak El Niño levels in part of the tropical Pacific, although the…

Central Italy: Floods raise concerns about water stagnation

In the southern areas of Central Italy, heavy, persistent rain and floods have caused a critical situation to develop in the countryside. Here, we show some photos taken at the beginning of the 48th week that illustrate the conditions in fields and greenhouses. A local producer confirms the seriousness of the situation, “Almost a…

Chile: Losses in fruit production due to hail estimated at 120-150 M$

Ten days after heavy rains and hailstorms in the south central zone of Chile, the President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernandez, delivered a new damage report for the fruit sector. The leader said they estimated low losses in very limited areas, in the volumes of blueberries, cherries, pits, kiwis,…

Effects of hail

Chile: Cherry and blueberry exports will fall by 5-8%

Cherry and blueberry exports could fall by 5% to 8% due to the hail that affected the crops, especially in the VI and VII Regions, last week. Even though there were farmers…

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Spain: Rainfall damages crops and causes delays in the shipments

Since last week, Spain has been going through a period of heavy rain events which are certainly taking a toll on the fruit and vegetable sector. Depending on the production area, the damage translates into production losses, impact on the crops' quality and delays in the shipments, both now and for…

AgroAmerica donates $50,000 for conservation of tropical forest of Maya Biosphere Reserve

AgroAmerica has joined the environmental conservation Project of the Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation (Fundación Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya) –Pacunam- to contribute to protect cultural and natural heritage such as tropical forest, and the flora and fauna of the Maya Biosphere…

Effects of El Niño: Landslides in Peru - tornado in Argentina

An avalanche of rocks and mud fell on a town in the Peru’s Huanuco province, about 350 km north-east of Lima. Some 80 houses were buried in the mud. Emergency shelters have been set up for the affected families and troops sent to secure the area. Fortunately, no deaths were reported, but the rains are expected to continue…

The regions of O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, and Araucania were affected

Chile: Severe hail storm affects multiple crops

The intensity of this Monday's rains and hailstorms in south central Chile affected many crops. Some producers have registered more damages than others. The question is to what extent this will this affect exports and employment in the region. The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile…

Mexico freeze signals premature season end for some regions

Central and mountainous regions of Mexico are experiencing freezing temperatures this week as a deep southward dip in the jet stream makes its way well south of the border, drawing colder air from the north. The states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi, and Guanajuato are seeing the…

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Italy: Weather damage may mean shortages in some markets

The dramatic pictures of the incredibly violent whirlwind that hit the Sperlonga area last week have been seen throughout Italy and beyond. Once the emergency phase was over, farmers and citizens rolled up their sleeves to start over from scratch. Source: h24notizie.com Elio Paparello is the Fedagro referent for the Fondi market,…

Italy: Whirlwind damages farms in central Italy

On Monday 29th of October 2019, central Italy was hit by a fierce whirlwind, which brought many farmers to their knees. This area is one of the best fruit and vegetable production areas in Italy. Some partners of the OP La Flacca, who are part of the AOP Luce consortium, experienced problems. The roofs of the greenhouses were blown…

Spain: Subtropical sector concerned by water shortage in Viñuela

The water levels at the reservoirs are currently far lower than the average of the last ten years; consequently, subtropical producers of the Axarquía region are concerned.…

Hurricane Willa impacts mangoes, while tomato and chili crops destroyed

The states of Sinaloa, Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico are facing weeks and possibly months of recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Willa crossed the coast on Wednesday. Strong winds were felt along the coastal plain but they dissipated quickly due to the mountains that rise up close-by to the east.…

New challenges face Eastern Cape farmers after rains

Some good rain spells in recent weeks have relieved some of the pressure for Eastern Cape farmers, but for them, the future is still far from certain. According to Agri Eastern Cape president…

Apple orchards flooded

Floods in Southern France will have major consequences for fruit and vegetable production

On Sunday night through Monday, heavy rain caused flooding in Southern France. Around the town of Carcassonne in the department of Aude, the water became very high. The floods have so far killed 13 people. The south of France is an important region for the fruit and vegetable production. A spokesperson of Les…

Most vegetables in the area already harvested

China: Snowstorm in Urumqi has little influence on agricultural industry

The heavy sheet of snow after a snowstorm in Urumqi is weighing down and breaking the branches of fruit trees, but how did it affect the agricultural industry in and around…

Superstorm Willa and Storm Vicente complicate the weather on the east coast of Mexico

Hurricane Willa is about to touch land in Mexico

Mexico is getting ready what might be one of the worst storms in history to reach its Pacific coasts. Willa formed on Saturday and went from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just two days. Fortunately, yesterday it downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane and its winds have been losing speed…

Hurricane Michael destroys corn, while other crops were already suffering

Corn suppliers have confirmed that the majority of the corn crop in Bainbridge, Georgia was destroyed by Hurricane Michael earlier this month. Additionally, some farming infrastructure was damaged although much of this has come through unscathed, including packing houses, most of which have survived. In…

Spain: Heavy rainfall has so far not caused significant damage to crops

Because of the heavy rainfall recorded in Castellon last Thursday, many areas on the coast have been flooded. Consequently, agricultural activities have almost ground to a halt. So far, however, no significant damage to crops has been recorded. According to Pascual Pla, of the NULEXPORT cooperative in Nules, the activities in the…

New weather warning - East of Spain braces for worst “cold drop” in 10 years

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead…

El Salvador: Storm Michael affected plantain, vegetable, and bean crops

Tropical storm Michael affected banana, vegetable, and bean crops, according to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Orestes Ortez. "There have been some small effects in vegetable and plantain areas, mainly in the eastern part of the lower San Miguel. Bean crops became a little yellow, but…

Corn and tomato crops flattened by Hurricane Michael

The Florida panhandle and southern Georgia won't be functioning normally for several weeks after Hurricane Michael caused widespread destruction to the region. The storm crossed the coast as a category 4 hurricane and has been labeled as the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle. As a result,…

Tomatoes likely to be most affected by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is expected to cross the Florida coast sometime tomorrow afternoon. The hurricane is projected to be a category 3 storm by the time it reaches land, crossing the coast near Panama City Beach after lunch time. Rainfall totals are predicted to be between 6 - 10 inches near the coast and…

Tunisia: Climate change blamed for major damage to agriculture

A Tunisian official has blamed climate change for damage to the agricultural sector in the country. The estimated cost is said to be around $71.3 million. The head of the Tunisian Union for Agriculture and Fisheries, Abdel Majed Al-Zaar, has told reporters that only 5 percent, or $3.5 million, of the…

“Tropical storm Rosa not the monster it was predicted to be”

Tropical storm Rosa brought three to six inches of rain to Baja California and Sonora state on Monday, causing some flooding in the area. This region of Mexico is currently producing asparagus and supplies are expected to increase in the next week or two. Bram Hulshoff with Caborca-based Desert Farms…

Tropical storm Rosa hits Yuma, AZ at the start of planting season

Tropical Storm Rosa brought heavy rains to northwestern Mexico as it hit Baja California and Sonora state late on Monday, bringing 3 to 6 inches of rain to the area. From there, it moved northwest to southern Arizona and is expected to drench the desert areas of the southwestern US. According to…


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