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El Niño update

27 / 11 / 2018

El Niño update

According to reports, the World Meteorological Organization has forecast a 75% - 80% chance of a weak El Niño event occurring between December 2018 – February 2019. The chance of a strong event,...

India Southwest Monsoon update

05 / 10 / 2018

India Southwest Monsoon update

According to the USDA citing the Indian Meteorological Department, cumulative Southwest Monsoon rainfall as of 23 September was 9% below the Long Period Average. An estimated 61% of the country...

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami update

02 / 10 / 2018

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami update

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday (28 September) near the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that submerged its capital city Palu; the death toll is estimated at...

Japan update

20 / 09 / 2018

Japan update

The USDA has forecast Japan’s milled rice production in the 2018/19 marketing year (November – October) at 7.7 million MTS, down by 1.12% year-on-year. Field yields were forecast to be...

India production and weather update

19 / 09 / 2018

India production and weather update

According to local reports, India’s Ministry of Agriculture has set a 2018/19 paddy production target of 113 million MTS, which would be a 0.08% increase from 2017/18 production. Planting of...

Philippines: Typhoon Mangkhut causes damages to paddy crop in northern provinces

17 / 09 / 2018

Philippines: Typhoon Mangkhut causes damages to paddy crop in northern provinces

According to local reports, approximately 250,370 MTS of paddy in the Philippines’ northern provinces have been damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut during the weekend. While the Department of...

Vietnam update

07 / 09 / 2018

Vietnam update

The FAO has forecast Vietnam’s 2018 paddy production at 44.2 million MTS, up by 3.06% year-on-year and 0.29% above the five-year average. Harvesting of the Winter/Spring crop, which accounts...

Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall west of the U.S. Alabama-Mississippi border

05 / 09 / 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall west of the U.S. Alabama-Mississippi border

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall west of the U.S. Alabama-Mississippi border late on Tuesday (4 September) with winds of up to 70mph, according to reports. While the storm was initially...

India planting, weather and exports update

03 / 09 / 2018

India planting, weather and exports update

According to local reports citing the Ministry of Agriculture, Kharif crop paddy planting totalled 37 million hectares as of 31 August, up by 0.57% year-on-year. Planting has been aided by improved...

India weather and Basmati production update

09 / 08 / 2018

India weather and Basmati production update

India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority has estimated 2018 Kharif crop Basmati planted area at 1.52 million hectares, down by 2.68% year-on-year. Planted...

Hot weather damages paddy crops in North Korea

06 / 08 / 2018

Hot weather damages paddy crops in North Korea

The temperature in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, reached a record high of 37.8 degrees Celsius last Wednesday (1 August), according to reports. The hot and dry weather has caused damages...

India Monsoon update

02 / 08 / 2018

India Monsoon update

Private Indian weather forecaster Skymet has forecast that the 2018 Southwest Monsoon will reach 92% of the Long Period Average (LPA), down from its initial forecast of 110% in April. Although...

Laos affected by floods after dam collapses

24 / 07 / 2018

Laos affected by floods after dam collapses

A hydroelectric dam in Laos’ Attapeu Province collapsed on Monday, causing floods that have rendered more than 6,000 people homeless, according to reports. Approximately 5 billion cubic...

Iraqi rice farmers to incur financial losses due to drought

04 / 07 / 2018

Iraqi rice farmers to incur financial losses due to drought

According to reports, Iraqi rice farmers are expected to incur total financial losses of IQD 50 billion (US $40 million) this year as a result of the government’s decision to limit paddy...

Tropical Storm Bud makes landfall in Mexico

15 / 06 / 2018

Tropical Storm Bud makes landfall in Mexico

Tropical Storm Bud made landfall in Mexico on Thursday (14 June), according to reports. While it was originally a Category 4 hurricane, it was subsequently downgraded to a tropical storm on...

Hurricane Bud approaches Mexico and the U.S.

13 / 06 / 2018

Hurricane Bud approaches Mexico and the U.S.

Hurricane Bud is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm before it makes landfall in Mexico, according to reports. It is currently around 460km off the Mexican coast with maximum wind speeds of 130...