El Niño damage to rice, corn crops reaches Php1.277-B in Western Visayas

El Niño damage to rice, corn crops reaches Php1.277-B in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY — Damage to rice and corn crops in Western Visayas due to the El Niño weather phenomenon is estimated to cost Php1.227 billion based on data submitted to the Department of Agriculture (DA) here as of February 2016.

In today’s regular meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) here, DA data showed that the phenomenon has affected major agricultural commodities in the region to include rice, corn, high value commercial crops and livestock.

For the rice crop, 31 percent of the total area planted during the last quarter of 2015 was affected.

The total area affected for rice crops was 54,210.85 hectares; 10,124.96 hectares are totally damaged and 44,085.89 hectares suffered partial damage.

In Iloilo, 25,143.22 hectares were affected; 5,001.72 are totally damaged and 2,041.5 are partially damaged.

Of the 21,200.77 hectares affected in Capiz, 1,557.55 are totally damaged and 19,643.22 incurred partial damage.

Meantime, 5,414.36 hectares in Antique were affected with 1,656.44 hectares as totally damaged and 3,757.92 as partially damaged.

Guimaras reported that 2452.5 hectares of their rice areas were affected; 1.909.25 hectares are totally damaged and 543.25 as suffered partial damage.

On the other hand, Capiz and Antique reported a total of 2,854.97 hectares planted with corn as affected by the El Niño. Of the area, 68.32 hectares are totally damaged and 2,786.65 are partially damaged.

Capiz’ 2,750-hectare corn plantation was affected with 46 hectares being totally damaged and 2,704 as partially damaged.

In Antique, 22.32 hectares were totally damaged and 82.65 suffered partial damage.

These damage reports for the region’s two major crops are still subject for validation by DA. PNA / northboundasia.com