Cloud-seeding operations being undertaken by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Negros Occidental will be temporarily called off today for the arrival of President Benigno Aquino III.
Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan told the DAILY STAR yesterday that they will resume the cloud-seeding operations tomorrow to further minimize the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.
Tabianan said they still have at least 22 remaining flight hours which will be sufficient until the last week of May, when the dry spell brought by El Niño is expected to end.
He said the cloud-seeding operations in the last eight days had brought rains to Hinoba-an town and the cities of Kabankalan and Sipalay in southern Negros Occidental.
Earlier, cloud-seeding operations brought rain to the cities of Silay, Talisay, Cadiz, Escalante and the highlands of Sagay City, while a drizzle was experienced in Bago City and the southern part of Bacolod City.
OPA will use the remaining P2.4 million from the P4 million Provincial Risk Disaster Management Fund of last year. The steam-engine plane they are using was rented for P40,000 an hour from Royal Air.
Tabianan said that, as of yesterday, damage to agricultural crops in Negros Occidental due to excessive heat remained at P18 million.
Crops in Cadiz, Escalante, Sagay and San Carlos cities, and in the towns of Calatrava and Toboso were badly affected by the dry spell in northern Negros Occidental, while agricultural products from Himamaylan City to Hinoba-an town in the southern part of the province were also not spared.*APN
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