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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 23, 2016
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Guv okay to cloud seeding;
animal dry spell losses P.5M

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday will endorse cloud-seeding operations in Negros Occidental to mitigate the escalating crop damage caused by the long dry spell.

Damage to rice, corn, high value crops and sugarcane hit P143,333,576 in Negros Occidental Thursday, while farm animal losses reached P548,219 yesterday.

The Sugar Regulatory Administration reported P99,514,702 in losses to sugar and molasses, and is set to spend P3 to 4 million for cloud-seeding operations.

The PDRRMC needs to pass a resolution endorsing the cloud-seeding operations, which is a requirement of the Bureau of Soil and Water Management.

The SRA has the budget for cloud-seeding, they will arrange for the technicians and airplane for it, the governor said.

The provincial government is also distributing pumps to farmers shallow wells as part of its dry spell mitigating measures, Marañon said.

The governor said there is rain in some areas but the worse hit by the dry spell is the south.

Provincial Veterinarian Renate Decena yesterday reported that the dry spell has caused P548,219 in losses of farm animals.

The dry spell has hit 1,195 broilers worth P104, 295 in Victorias City; 241 broilers P20,034 and  - 52 free range chickens - P10,400 in EB Magalona; 15 Pekin ducks P7,500 and 72 free range chickens P12,960 in La Carlota City;

Thirteen piglets - P32, 500, 1 grower pig - P5,950, -  5 gamefowl - P15, 000 and 12 free range chickens - P2,400 in Salvador Benedicto; 28 free range chickens - P5, 600 in Binalbagan, 1 sow - P14, 000 in Himamaylan, 6 carabaos P120,00 in Cauayan;

Four sows aborted 38 piglets - P57,000 in Valladolid; 2 sows aborted 18 piglets P28,500 in Bago City; 42 free range chickens - P8,400 in Toboso; 38 free range chickens P7,600, 15 goats P52,480 and 1 cattle - P14, 400 in Calatrava; and 146 free range chickens - P29,200 in Murcia, Decena said.*CPG




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