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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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Crop damage and production losses in Negros Occidental brought by the continuous dry spell have reached P214,935,178.65, with 7,041 farmers owning 6,122.38 hectares affected, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported yesterday.

Due to parched rainfed and irrigated rice fields covering 5,960 hectares owned by 6,814 farmers, Neg. Occ. lost P193,374,449.50 worth of palay, that would have been ready for harvest in the first quarter of the year, the report said.

A total of 1,460.72 hectares of rice fields were totally damaged and 4,499.28 partially damaged, it added.

Kabankalan City led with the biggest losses in palay production estimated at P46,383,800, followed by the towns of Pontevedra and Hinigaran with accounted P35,593,470 and P28,750392.75, respectively, the report said.

OPA records showed a total of corn production losses at P3,068,172.50 with 156 farmers affected in five LGUs owning 56.40 hectares.

Corn production losses in Moises Padilla town increased to P1,831,500. Meanwhile San Carlos City and Candoni recorded close to P.5 million in damages each.

Meanwhile, other crop damages in 6.92 hectares of partially damaged areas amounted to P916,086. About 27 farmers in two municipalities cultivating squash, okra, sitao, eggplant, pepper, camote, ampalaya and tomato were affected.

Forty-four aquafarm operators reported total loss of P985,250 worth in tilapia in Kabankalan City suppoed to be harvested in January.

OPA continues to conduct assessment and validation of other LGUs on the damages brought by the continuing dry spell of the El Niño phenomenon.*KBC




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