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« on: November 27, 2019, 01:36:02 AM »
Weak El Niño hits 20 towns
Hard P122.7-M crops affected
By Ric V. Obedencio

The province of Bohol, said to be breadbasket of Central Visayas, has been severely hit by weak El Niño, the weather phenomenon that is disrupting temperature and rainfall patterns around the world.
According to consolidated report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, an initial of Php122,784,596.76 worth of rice and other farm crops were at a loss.

Some 7,244.44 metric tons of rice and other crops in 7,863 hectares in 20 municipalities have been adversely affected by the drought as a result of El Nino.

The estimates of the damage were based on the reports submitted by the drought-stricken municipalities of Buenavista, Jagna, Batuan, Carmen, Alicia, Getafe, Bilar, Duero, Mabini, Bien Unido, Calape, Dagohoy, Balilihan, Sagbayan, Antequera, Garcia Hernandez, Danao, Trinidad, Valencia and San Miguel, the report signed by agricultural technician I Rowena R. Dante showed.

But the provincial government has yet to declare the province be placed under a state of calamity.

Provincial Asst agriculturist Larry Pamugas was quoted by report as saying that the province was awaiting for the recommendation from the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to pave way for such declaration (state of calamity).

The municipality of Alicia incurred the heavy losses with Php28,640,000.00; Dagohoy came in next with Php27,285,333.78; Buenavista, Php23,294,929.00; and Trinidad, Php11,845,018.00.

The municipality of Sagbayan had a total of 2,970 hectares, the biggest area affected, with only Php728,200.00 damage of its crops/rice. This is followed by Bien-Unido with 992.75 hectares worth of damaged crops Php5,665,800.00.

Value of damages were the following: Jagna, Php1,804,150.00; Batuan, Php2,452,120.00; Carmen, 2,969,550.00; Getafe, Php5,272,200.00; Bilar, Php1,259,120.00 (rice) and Php15,000.00 (corn); Duero, Php1,101,684.00; Mabini, Php441,945.00; Bien-Unido, Php230,800.00 (other crops); Calape, Php1,828,661.00; Balilihan, Php1,750,349.00; Sagbayan, Php728,200.00; ANtequera, Php86,450.00; Garcia-Hernandez, (no amount but 107 hectares affected); Danao, 4,796,416.00; Valencia, Php1,316,870.00; and San Miguel (no amount but with 4.10 hectares).

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization said the phenomenon “is comparable to the extreme events in 1997/98 and 1982/83,” report said.

“For the Philippines, El Niño has meant a prolonged period of unusually dry weather. As of 31 January, almost a quarter of the country was experiencing drought, and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration predicts that figure to rise to 85 percent of the country by April.” (rvo)

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