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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, May 14, 2020
OPA acts on rice pest infestation

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is implementing measures to control the pest infestation in some rice fields in Negros Occidental.

Rich black bug infestations were reported in the cities of Himamaylan and Kabankalan and the towns of Valladolid and Pontevedra since the start of the year, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday.

Black bugs, that suck the sap of palay or unhusked rice, can be captured through light traps, he said.

57 ARBs installed in Bago

Fifty-seven agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) were installed in a 32.39-hectare property in Barangay Abuanan, Bago City in Negros Occidental Tuesday.

The landholding was previously owned by Juan L. Jalandoni and covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms through the compulsory acquisition scheme.

In a ceremony facilitated by the Department of Agrarian Reform Negros Occidental South, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program officer Domingo Gatmaitan urged the beneficiaries to avail of support services from government agencies, especially DAR, and not to engage in any activities prohibited by the agency.


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