The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist recorded P9.1 million worth of damage in rice and high value commercial crops in Negros Occidental due to typhoon Basyang that hit the province early this month.
Based on its final report on crop damages, OPA recorded a total of P9,186,626.45in damages in the seven cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, covering an area of 964.94 hectares in 47 barangays, and affecting 1,049 farmers.
The record showed that Bago City, that has the biggest rice areas in the province, incurred the highest losses in rice crops worth P4,254,900, covering 411.40 has. of 338 farmers in 19 barangays.
Last month, the city also incurred the highest crop damage at P14,229,144, covering a total of 583.55 has., and affecting 337 farmers during storm Agaton.
San Carlos City also recorded rice and HVCC damages worth P2,391,550. Damages in HVCC was estimated at P401,250 in 7.5 has. of 280 farmers, while that in rice was approximately P1,890,300, affecting 176.25 has. of 175 farmers in five barangays.
The Valladolid municipal agriculturist also reported rice damages worth P768,852 in 189.84 has. of 127 farmers in 13 barangays, while La Carlota City recorded P859,432 in rice damages, covering 93 has. of 19 farmers in two barangays.
Moises Padilla recorded damage of P771,935.45 in 44.70 has. of 44 farmers in four barangays, Cadiz City - P174,032 worth of rice damages in 27.60 has. of 28 farmers in two barangays, and E.B. Magalona with P65,925 in damage covering 14.65 has. of 38 farmers in two barangays.
Earlier, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said the rice submerged in floodwaters could not be recovered because most of it was already maturing.
They are now verifying if the affected farmers are insured under the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program, or in the Philippine Crop Insurance Program, he added.
OPA has recorded P27.7 million in rice damage from flooding in Negros since January this year, but Masculino assured that its effect on the rice sufficiency of the province is “minimal.”
He said that in 2017, Negros’ rice sufficiency was about 94 to 96 percent.
Masculino said farmers should brace for more rains and flooding because of the La Niña episode forecast this year.*MLG
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