Lamitan under state of calamity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:06

by ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Lamitan City  has been declared as under the state of calamity due to the devastating effects of El Niño.

During the City Council regular session Wednesday presided by Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay, City Agriculturist Olivia C. Ablao  reported that the  damage to crops caused by the prolonged dry spell has reached P137,119,095.

Total  affected  agricultural land areas is 13,125.5 hectares involving 14,478 farmers.

Mayor Rose U. Furigay said that if the phenomenon will continue the cost of damages will continue to increase, especially in agricultural crops, livestocks and livelihood of the farmers.

According to Furigay, they are looking for solutions to mitigate the effects of  drought since late last year like the repair and rehabilitation of irrigation canals, provisions of shallow tube wells and farm inputs  for palay, corn and assorted vegetable seeds and other planting materials.

Vice Mayor Furigay disclosed that it is not only agricultural land affected but also coconut and nipa land along coastal areas attacked by cocolisap.

Five barangays affected by cocolisap are Matibay, Bato, Kulay Bato and Maganda.

Councilor Clarito “ Itoy” San Juan said that cocolisap is are destroying coconut trees and nipa palms in the said areas.

Out of the 45 barangays of Lamitan, 39 are agricultural  and coastal barangays affected by the phenomenon.

The summary of damaged crops due to El Niño: Seven barangays for rice farming and production, two barangays for corn farming, 39 barangays with all coconut farmers, 22 cash crops, three barangays for rubber tree productions and farming, five barangays for banana and one barangay affected for cacao farming — all totalling 6,398.5 hectares involving 2,523 farmers.

Summary  of affected livestock production due to the El Niño:  11,955 livestock farmers affected involving 6,727 land pasture areas.

The declaration of the state of calamity was approved unanimously during the session.

Philippine Coconut Authority also reported that around 6,186 hectares of coconut plantation with 618,589 trees or 50.88 percent of the coconut plantations, were found to be affected by cocolisap. Cocolisap is a pest that decreases the yield of coconut production. Estimated cost of damage has reached P123,720,000. — Allen Abastillas