SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE — The El Nino phenomenon has so far damaged crops in six towns in the province of Antique with the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) still continuing to receive progress reports.
The six towns where the rice fields are mostly in the reproductive stage and have reported damages to PAO chief Nick Calawag are Hamtic, with the most number of farmers with 1,542 of them involving 1,455.68 hectares; Tobias Fornier with 50 farmers involving 509.37 hectares reported to be totally damaged but still up for validation; Belison affecting 47 farmers with 39.05 hectares partially damaged; Patnongon affecting 36 farmers with 498 hectares; San Remigio totally damaging crops of 64 farmers in the 51.34 hectares; and, Valderrama with an estimated number of 12 farmers tilling 12.05 hectares.
Sibalom town, considered to be the rice bowl of Antique, is still being awaited to submit its progress report together with the other towns of the province. Antique, which is mainly devoted to agriculture, has a total of 18 towns.
The crops reported damaged have been planted during the second cropping from October to December 2015.
Earlier on, the PAO has also requested the local government units to prepare their own contingency plans so they would know how to assist farmers before, during and even after the El Nino.
Calawag added that the PAO is ready to assist farmers adversely affected by the drought that is why it is urging the Municipal Agriculture Officers to submit their reports. PNA / northboundasia.com