Zambo farmers reel from El Niño PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 June 2016 14:36

The City Agriculturist Office has announced a 10% drop in crop production due to the El Niño the city experienced from the last quarter of 2015 up to the first quater of this year.

City Agriculturist Diosado Palacat said in an interview that local farmers were not able to plant during the El Niño period while others were able to plant but their crops were damaged.

In Zamboanga City, the dry spell affected a total of 3,000 farmers. A total of 1,500 hectares of vegetable, rice, and corn worth P23 million were also damaged.

For the month of January 2015, rice produced was 3,382.6 metric tons while for January 2016 rice produced was only 1,440.8 metric tons. For February 2015, 3,807.6 metric tons rice was produced while 1,313.1 metric tons for 2016, for March 2015, 1,380.7 metric tons rice was produced while 1,245 metric tons for 2016. For April 2015, 803.3 metric tons of rice was produced while 1,130.9 metric tons for April 2016, and for May 2015 the city produced 302 metric tons of rice while 597 metric tons of rice for 2016.

On corn, for the month of January 2015 production was 851.7 metric tons while for January 2016 it was only 3 metric tons. For February 2015, 851.7 metric tons corn were produced while 68 metric tons for 2016, for March 2015, 1,105.8 metric tons corn was produced while 91.45 metric tons for 2016. For April 2015, 1,157.1 metric tons of corn was produced while 700.8 metric tons for April 2016, and for May 2015 the city produced 1,274.4 metric tons of corn while 844.5 metric tons of corn for 2016.             On vegetables,  for the month of January 2015 production was 1,490.72 metric tons while for January 2016 it was 1,646.98 metric tons. For February 2015, 1893.41 metric tons vegetables were produced while 1,161,82 metric tons for 2016, for March 2015, 1,024.52 metric tons vegetables were produced while 913.17 metric tons for 2016. For April 2015, 844.67 metric tons of vegetables were produced while 768.44 metric tons for April 2016, and for May 2015 the city produced 917.99 metric tons of vegetables while 820.27 metric tons of vegetables for 2016.

The city agriculturist said, vegetables produced included eggplants, squash, string beans, and pechay.

Palacat is hopeful that the city’s produce will slowly increase as farmers have already started planting. — R.G. A A. Go