Governor calls on local residents to ‘pray for rain’
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Negros Occidental Office of the Provincial Agriculturist recently released a report showing the province lost P15.7 million in crops between January and last month as a result of the ongoing dry spell.
According to the data, 408.53 hectares of rice in Himamaylan City, Cadiz City, Cauayan, Ilog, and Pontevedra has been negatively affected, which has impacted 603 rice farmers in 27 barangays.
Cauayan reported the highest in losses with P6,110,780.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. called on Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to conduct cloud-seeding operations in the areas badly affected by the dry spell.
He also called on Negrenses to pray for rain.
“What we need now is a miracle,” the governor said.
Earlier, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist revealed, between November 2018 and last month, rice black bugs, rats, and bacterial leaf blight contributed to P11,544,350.40 in rice crop losses.
The report noted Pontevedra suffered the majority of losses due to bugs, totaling over P9.6 million and affecting seven barangays. Meanwhile, in terms of bacterial leaf blight, such cases were reported in Cauayan, which has resulted in nearly P780,000 in losses./DGB, WDJ