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Sugarcane drying up,
rain needed in north

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that more cloud-seeding is needed in northern Negros Occidental where sugarcane has been burning and drying up.

Canes brought to the mills have very little juice left in them, he said.

There will be a big drop in sugar production from the remaining canes, the governor added.

The ongoing cloud-seeding has not brought enough rain to the north while the rain in the south is sporadic, he added.

He said that when the Bureau of Soils and Water Management's budget for cloud-seeding is consumed, an additional budget from the Sugar Regulatory Administration will augment the funds, after a bidding is conducted.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council yesterday realigned P15.9 million of its budget for a climate change summit, purchase of a multi-lift truck, updating of the Provincial Road Network Development Plan, training and development on environmental planning, and dengue prevention, control and treatment.*CPG



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