The Sangguniang Bayan of Mabinay in Negros Oriental recently declared the town under a state of calamity, after army of worms infested farms and attacked a variety of crops and grass.
Mayor Ernie Uy said the extent of the damage of the Army worm infestation was widespread, and 28 of the 32 barangays have been attacked, damaging crops, that include corn, and a small portion of sugarcane fields.
Of the 28 barangays affected, 18 barangay councils have declared their areas under a state of calamity to be able to use their calamity fund to buy chemicals, sprayers, drums, and seeds, among others.
Uy said the municipality is also extending assistance to affected barangays with help from the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government.
He said they thought at first that they had been able to contain the worm infestation in the five to six barangays, but the infestation worsened after three days of rain in Mabinay.
Uy said a number of farmlands in Mabinay are insured with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. and farmers are aware that when the rains come during an El Niño period, there is always a possibility of Army worm resurgence, as what had happened four years ago.*
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