Dry Spell The rivers are running out of water to irrigate the parched lands of southern Negros Occidental* (Archie Alipalo photo)

Dry spell hurts sugar, too;
Crop damage now P143M

The long dry spell hitting Negros Occidental will cause a drop in the country's sugar and molasses production this year, canelands need to be irrigated to lessen losses, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday.

The SRA and the Department of Agriculture are aiming to implement cloud-seeding as a mitigating measure to revive dry spell hit crops, especially in southern Negros Occidental.

As of yesterday the dry spell damage to crops in Negros Occidental hit P143,333,576, of which P99,514,702 involved losses to sugar and molasses, reports presented at a Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) technical working group meeting at the Capitol's Negosyo Center in Bacolod City said. moremoremore

Water at irrigation
sites critical


Twenty-one irrigation systems in Negros Occidental are in critical condition because of dwindling water supply brought on by the long dry spell, Jimbo Garsula, head of the Agricultural Engineering Division of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said yesterday.

In fact, the water sources of five irrigation systems have already dried up, he said.

He said the irrigation systems were built by the provincial government with counterpart funds from the Department of Agriculture and National Irrigation Authority.moremoremore


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PNP, CHR to discuss procedural
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Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete has expressed his support to the proposed signing of a peace covenant by political candidates running for various elective posts in the May 9 synchronized polls.

He gave his assurance of support to Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, officer-in-charge of the Negros Island Police Regional Office, who paid a courtesy call on Cortes Tuesday morning at the latter's residence in Dumaguete City, after his visit to the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, for the activation of the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Council.

The discussions between Capa and Cortes centered on the series of shooting incidents in the province that was largely attributed to the illegal drugs problem, and the May elections. .moremoremore