OPA: Haba­gat slashes anew P11.3M in Ne­gocc rice sec­tor

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Of­fice of the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist (OPA) has re­ported a crop dam­age, par­tic­u­larly in the rice sec­tor of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, worth about P11.3 mil­lion due to the re­cent South­west Mon­soon or “haba­gat” en­hanced by ty­phoon Han­nah.

Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist Japhet Mas­culino, in a re­port to Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son yes­ter­day, said the amount ac­counts for the pro­duc­tion losses caused by “haba­gat” start­ing Au­gust 3.

It cov­ers 811 af­fected farm­ers with a to­tal area of about 9,058 hectares in 18 barangays of Bago City, he added.

Based on the re­port, most of the af­fected rice farms are in ma­tur­ing and re­pro­duc­tive stages with a small por­tion at seedling and veg­e­ta­tive stages.

Bago City is con­sid­ered the rice gra­nary of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal pro­duc­ing about 25 per­cent of the prov­ince’s to­tal pro­duc­tion out­put.

Ear­lier, OPA also re­ported a to­tal of P19 mil­lion worth of crop dam­age due to heavy rains and flood­ing brought by South­west Mon­soon en­hanced by Trop­i­cal Storm Fal­con.

The fig­ure com­prises 1,636 af­fected farm­ers with 2,580-hectare of rice and corn plan­ta­tion in 61 barangays of seven lo­cal­i­ties.*

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