Damage to crops due to dry spell swells to P14M PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 February 2016 11:03

by SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Damage to crops due to the prolonged dry spell has ballooned to P14.02 million as of January 29, affecting a total of 750.34 hectares of land planted with rice, corn and vegetables, 91.7% of which has no chance of recovery.

Some 810 farmers coming from the different agricultural districts in the city are affected, according to the City Agriculturist Office.

In his report to Mayor Beng Climaco, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said hardest hit are rice fields with a total of 315 hectares damaged followed by cornfields with over 189 hectares ruined. The others are assorted vegetables, banana, cassava, camote, peanut, ginger, mungbean and eggplant.

The city government, Palacat’s office in coordination with other agencies, is undertaking measures to mitigate the effects of the prolonged dry spell such as the planting of alternate crops and acquisition of drilling rigs among others.

The conduct of cloud seeding operations is also on the pipeline.

Zamboanga City has been declared under a state of calamity, as the water level at the Pasonanca diversion dam is continuously reducing.  — Sheila Covarrubias