Damage to crops, fishery products swell to P129.4M PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2015 16:18

The continuing dry spell and prevalent bush fires have caused damage to crops and fishery products to surge to 8,743.9 hectares with an estimated value at P129.44 million as of March 24.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the bush fires due to unsupervised outdoor burning and slash and burn activities have led to increased devastation of agricultural lands planted with banana, cassava, mango and rubber and coconut.

Much earlier, Palacat reported that rice fields and corn fields including lands planted with assorted vegetables as well as fishponds have been ruined due to the long dry spell. These affected areas are spread out in the 6 agricultural districts- Tumaga, Ayala, Culianan, Manicahan, Curuan and Vitali.

Of the total 8,743.9 hectares damaged, 1,389.8 hectares are with no chance of recovery.

Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked the City Agriculturist to expedite measures to help and assist the affected farmers, to which Palacat is strictly complying. She has also expressed concern that the continuing dry spell which has led to water and power shortages should be immediately addressed.

Nevertheless, Palacat said the dry spell hitting the city and other parts of the country is a regular phenomenon as it is usually dry during the months of January, February and March. He said the scenario would be worse if and when the drought would extend until May.

One of the measures being looked into by the City Government along with the Zamboanga City Water District and the Department of Agriculture is the conduct of cloud seeding operations to induce artificial rains in the city. — Sheila Covarrubias