Crop damage and production losses caused by the continuous dry spell and rat infestation in Negros Occidental has hit P274,146,303, a final report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturists said yesterday.
This brings to P455,814,723 the total dry spell damage in Negros Occidental, with the Sugar Regulatory Administration having placed sugar and molasses losses from the El Niño phenomenon at P181,668,420.
The OPA report placed losses to rice at P251,387,502.33, high value commercial crops at P13,363,780.08, corn – P6,552,644.70, and tilapia and bangus at P2,344,050 covering 8,898 hectares and affecting 10,905 farmers and fisherfolk in 26 towns and cities of Negros Occidental.
The hardest hit by the dry spell was the sixth district of Negros Occidental with losses of P121,198,700, and the fifth district with P76,422,497, the OPA report said.
Damage to the fourth district was P45,588,558, first district – P12,578,926, second district – P12,094,962 and third district - P8,262,657, the OPA report said.*CPG
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