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Dry spell losses increase to P27M


The agricultural losses in Negros Occidental brought by the ongoing dry spell and grain bugs rose to more than P27 million yesterday, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) data showed.

OPA reported that P15,758,904 worth of production losses had been recorded in five local government units in the province - Cauayan, Ilog, Cadiz City, Himamaylan City, and Pontevedra.

The drought affected 408.53 hectares and 445 farmers. The OPA report also said the rice losses in Cauayan was P6.1 million, Himamaylan City - P3.5 million, Pontevedra - P3.3 million, Ilog - P2.3 million and Cadiz City - P292,888

Stemborer, rice black bugs and rice grain bugs that attacked the rice farmlands in Barangay Antipolo, Pontevedra, also left damage of more than P12 million.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said they are still validating the damage to determine the intervention they will implement. He said the tube well in the area has already dried up due to the drought, but they could not distribute the seeds, as assistance to the affected farmers, as they could not plant them yet.

Masculino said the Department of Agriculture will conduct an assessment next week in the province to determine if there is a need for cloud-seeding operations to induce rain.

The cloud-seeding flight costs around P40,000 per hour, which will be shouldered by the DA, he said.*


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