BACOLOD CITY — The damaged agricultural crops and livestock in Negros Occidental as a result of the continuing dry spell especially in the province’s southern portion, reached to Php253.13 million.
As of January 27, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist pegged the damage and production losses to rice, corn, and high-value commercial crops (HVCC) at Php87.694 million, covering some 2,914.08 hectares and affecting 3,248 farmers in 14 local government units (LGUs).
The province’s sixth district, including Cauayan, Hinoba-an, Sipalay City, and Kabankalan City, posted the biggest damage of Php34.94 million, affecting 2,022 rice farmers with total affected area of 1,683.30 hectares in 35 barangays.
Twenty-seven barangays in the fifth district’s Hinigaran, Moises Padilla, Binalbagan, Isabela and La Castellana reported losses worth Php32.52 million, covering 830.01 hectares with 919 farmers affected.
In the province’s fourth district, losses was estimated at Php20.23 million, affecting 307 farmers in some 400.77 hectares in 21 barangays of Bago City, Pontevedra, La Carlota City, San Enrique, and Pulupandan.
Meanwhile, damage to sugarcane was pegged at Php163.308 million, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration.
The Provincial Veterinary Office, on the other hand, said that extreme heat brought Php2.13 million worth of damage and losses to poultry and livestocks. PNA/northboundasia.com