Crop damage due to heavy rains and flooding rose to P5.1 million, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist record showed yesterday.
Based on the OPA's progress report as of Jan. 17, a total of P5,054,768.33 worth of crop damage was recorded due to heavy rains and flooding from Jan. 12 to 16 from the two cities in north Negros Occidental.
Cadiz City incurred crop damage worth P2,778,600 from both rice and high value commercial crops, covering 83.435 hectares in six barangays.
In detail, a total of P1,429,880 covering 75.20 has. of rice crops were affected while P1,348,720 covering 8.35 has. of HVCC were damaged.
In Victorias City, a total of P2,276,168.33 worth of damage was recorded covering 158.32 has. of rice areas in six barangays.
There were 124 farmers affected in Cadiz while 312 in Victorias.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino also said that most of the crops damaged were at their vegetative stage and there is a high possibility of recovering these crops.
Masculino also said that a total of P20M crop damage has already been recorded this January and he hopes that this trend will not continue, amid the weak La Niña episode that is hitting the whole country this first quarter. *MLG
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