Dry spell destroys P12.9M worth of crops in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:58

by VIC LARATO

The drought that the city of Zamboanga has been experiencing since late last year has already taken too much toll not only on the water supply but on the agriculture sector as well, according to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO)

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, department head of CDRRMO, told the press briefing in City Hall yesterday that the dry spell had affected a total of 716.07 hectares of farm lands in the city from the period Jan. 22 to 31.

The affected farm lands translated to P12.979 million worth of damage to various crops that expand to 672.28 hectares beyond recovery.

“This means the farmers lost P12.979 million income that could have been generated from the rotten crops,” Apolinario said, citing the report of the City Agriculturist’s Office.

As a result, Mayor Beng Climaco announced that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST’s) Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-Asa) will conduct the cloud seeding operations here anytime this month of February. — Vic Larato