Three cities in Negros Occidental reported damage on rice areas estimated at P6.3 million due to tropical storm Basyang that hit the province Tuesday and Wednesday.
Records from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist show that, as of yesterday, the cities of San Carlos, Cadiz, andBago reported rice crop damage worth P6,319,232 covering 615.25 hectares of 541 farmers in the two days that the typhoon hit Negros.
Bago, that has the biggest rice area in Negros Occidental, incurred the highest rice damage at P4,254,900 covering 411.40 has. of 338 farmers from 19 out of 24 barangays of the city. .
3M passengers in 2017
The Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation recorded three million passengers passing through the Bredco Port last year, its president, John Alonte, said yesterday.
The record is seven percent higher compared to 2016,thatrecorded 2.8 million passengers, or an increase of 200,000.
Alonte told the DAILY STAR yesterday that the increase is due to theeconomic progress that both Bacolod and Negros Occidentalcontinuouslyexperience.
to pilot DA program
The town of Salvador Benedicto was picked by the Department of Agriculture as one of the pilot areas in the Western Visayas, for the implementation of its Special Areas for Agricultural Development, or SAAD, next year.
Other areasidentified are the towns of San Remegio and Lauan in Antique. Negros Occidental was among the 10 provinces listed for the implementation of the program, along with Kalinga, Mountain Province, Occidental Mindoro, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur, a report from the DA regional field officesaid.
SAAD identified 10 priority provinces from 2017 to 2022 for the flagship program of the DA in providing agricultural and fisheries assistance and other interventions.