Rice crop production losses of about P17.5 million in Hinigaran and Himamaylan City were due to a dry spell and rat infestation, a Negros Occidental Office of the Provincial Agriculturist report showed yesterday.
The report showed that Hinigaran town incurred P10,010,079.78 in damage due to a dry spell from November to December last year, while Himamaylan City had an estimated P7,469,078.40 damage due to rat infestation from December last year to January this year.
The estimated damage in the two local government units was placed at P17,479,158.18.
Thirteen barangays in Hinigaran were affected covering 550.42 hectares of rainfed rice areas of 587 farmers.
The report also said that the OPA conducted a field validation with the Hinigaran municipal agriculturist on Jan. 4, after they received an initial report Dec. 28, 2017.
Meanwhile, 236 farmers from Himamaylan City were affected by rat infestation in about 212.95 has. of rice areas in the last two months.
The infestation affected 11 barangays of the city and OPA will coordinate to strengthen their crop protection team and bantay peste brigade, the report also stated. * MLG
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