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Mobile food kitchen canceled | Grand Island Local News | Instant News

The Saturday drive-thru food kitchen move on Grand Island has been canceled due to snowy and very cold weather forecasts.

Anyone who needs food should call Nebraska 211 at 2-1-1 (Heartland United Way) or 402-444-6666; Hope Harbor at 308-385-5190; or the Salvation Army of Grand Island at 308-382-4855.

The March food distribution sponsored by the Trinity United Methodist Church Loaves & Fishes ministry was set for March 13 at College Park on Grand Island.


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The Met Office predicts a dusty wind spell in Karachi today | Instant News

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has estimated the possibility of dusty winds in Karachi as the minimum temperature fell to 09º Celsius on Saturday, ARY News reported.

The Met Office said that the current wind speed was measured at 12 kilometers per hour.

Currently a northeast wind is blowing on the city, which can become southwest with a change in wind direction. The maximum temperature in the city can increase during the day to 26 degrees Celsius, according to weather reports.

Cold and dry weather is likely in most parts of the country. while it was very cold over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

Severe cold waves continued in the northern districts of Balochistan including Quetta and Kalat, where mercury fell to minus-5 degrees Celsius, while mercury fell to minus six in Ziarat.

Minimum Temperature: Mercury drops to minus-12 in Astore, minus-10 in Skardu, minus-09 in Kalam and minus-04 in Malamjabba.




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Mango yields are falling across Australia this season as crops are being destroyed by heat and wind | Instant News

After three consecutive years of producing more than 10 million trays, the Australian mango industry has seen a decline in yields during the 2020–21 season.

Estimates for the national harvest are now under 7 million trays and could fall even further, with heavy rain in parts of Queensland this week causes more challenges for growers.

So what’s wrong?

A shortage of workers to reap the crops has occurred published well over the last few months and although labor shortages have hurt the mango industry, it is weather that is mostly to blame.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen mango season so bad,” said farmer Andrew Dalglish, who farms near Katherine in the Northern Territory.

“We have a block that is down 95 percent last season.

“I think it was the culmination of things that created this result and it probably came from the previous year, when we had a fair harvest, but there is basically no rainy season and the only reprieve is around Easter when we have a few weeks of weather. cold and a little rain.

“But before, the trees were just in survival mode, and then we got a strong wind after flowering and the wind was like sandpaper.

Mr Dalglish said overall yields on his farm were down 80 percent and that although prices were strong, it was not enough to offset the tonnage drop.

“As the breeders said, the rate of beating was heavy… and the weight was not there this year.”

The Katherine Territory in the Northern Territory produced about 1.2 million trays this season, compared to 2.3 million trays in 2019.

And Ord Valley in WA has almost fallen off the mango map, with only 36,000 trays produced this season compared to 320,000 trays in 2019.

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The mango yields have decreased considerably compared to the 2019-20 season.(Provided: Australian Mango Industry Association)

Exports are suffering

Michael Simonetta, CEO of Perfection Fresh which owns and sells the Calypso mango variety, says it’s been a tough season for many in the supply chain.

“When volume drops that much this year, rising dollar sales won’t make up for what you missed in volume,” he said.

Mr Simonetta said, in December, his company was short of 50 tonnes of mango, which will be exported to markets such as South Korea and China.

“First and foremost, we are satisfying the Australian market, but we are growing a lot more [mangoes] in Australia then we need to serve the domestic market so, as a result, we need to export … it is very important to have a consistent volume every year to meet that [overseas] Request.

“In the next few years, we want to export up to 25 percent of the total crop.”

Mr Simonetta said lower volumes had resulted in the retail price of mangoes increasing “slightly”.

“But they are still very affordable for everyday households which is the key,” he said.

The honey mango is cut open and diced in half again in the back.
The Honey Gold mango grows well in the Katherine and Darwin area this season.(Rural ABC: Daniel Fitzgerald)

Silver lining?

The CEO of the Australian Mango Industry Association, Robert Gray, said most of the country’s mango-growing regions had been battling the heat and winds this season.

However, forever remaining optimistic, Mr. Gray feels the 2020-21 smaller harvest may have some benefits.

“Maybe it’s a good year to be a little sad [with our yields], with a labor shortage and COVID-19 pressure on us, “he said.

One area that appears to have bucked this trend is Central Queensland, with a number of farmers reporting higher yields last season.

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Mango farmers grapple with labor shortages.

Some varieties appear to have better yields than others too, with Pinata Farms reporting good yields from Honey Gold mango farms.

“We are probably one of the lucky ones, I think,” said Piñata’s Stephen Scurr.

“At Katherine, we’re probably doubling what we harvested last year and it’s a good year to have more volume because there isn’t much.

The mango harvest has ended in the Northern Territory, but picking will continue for a few more weeks in parts of Queensland and Western Australia.


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Boxing Day Weather: Cool conditions, forecast of rain throughout New Zealand | Instant News

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MetService National weather: 24-26 December.

Unusually cold temperatures can be expected in many parts of the country this weekend as southerly winds bring rain.

For many people, the temperature will drop.

Ashburton’s height today is expected to be only 13C – 8C below average for this time of year.

And it will be a winter wonderland for the South Island, as snow is expected to fall up to 1000 meters.

The low weather system in North Canterbury this morning is expected to deepen, spreading rain and strong southerly winds over the region’s coast.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to occur on the Banks Peninsula. MetService has issued a weather monitor for the area, which may have reached the warning level.

In general, the weather on the South Island is opposite to the North Island, with rainy weather in the south and sunny conditions in the north.

However, Northland and Auckland may fall for a while before the weather clears.

The Coromandel Peninsula to Manawatū, including the Bay of Plenty and the central highlands are mostly fine, but there will be little rain in the west.

Conditions were fine initially before an afternoon or evening rain with possible thunderstorms in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.

There are good spells and a little rain for Horowhenua, Kapiti, Wellington and Wairarapa. This morning a storm is likely around Wellington and Kapiti.

Marlborough, Nelson and Buller will shower and play well. The rain will be more frequent and heavier from this afternoon.

Westland was doing well before heavy rains appeared in the interior since late afternoon.

Periods of rain will occasionally be heavy and thunderstorms are possible in the highlands of Canterbury this afternoon.

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Otago, Southland and Fiordland are expected to rain this morning before falling in the afternoon.

On Sundays, there will be either heavy or heavy rain over much of the North Island, with the south cool in the south and east.

On the South Island, conditions are mostly cloudy or sunny.

Canterbury to Marlborough will face rain and the cold south. Nelson and Buller will shower a few afternoons.


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