City agriculture office registers rise in palay production despite pests, El Niño

City agriculture office registers rise in palay production despite pests, El Niño

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela — Despite the effects of palay diseases that attacked the plants and the effect of hot weather, the city agriculture office has recorded an increase of yield this cropping season.

City agriculturist Rufino Arcega said with the presence of the Magat River Irrigation System (MRIIS), pests and drought did not affect the yield of palay farmers in the city.

Arcega said the NIA-MRIIS has just suspended the flow of irrigation water from the dam, seeing to it that all palay are ready for harvest.

He said the Magat dam has enough water during the cropping season and supplied the needed water of palay, resulting in good harvest.

On the other hand, the registered palay disease known as hopper burn did not affect the yield as the city agriculture office had early on suggested preventive insecticides and pesticides to thwart it.

Arcega said the city agriculture office is closely monitoring the palay production in the city to ensure that farmers will have good harvest.

The city agriculture official said that as of their monitoring, farmers are harvesting 5.1 metric tons per hectare which he said is a good yield since previous harvest only registered 3-4 metric tons per hectare. PNA/northboundasia.com