Hopper burn strikes rice fields in Isabela
The Cauayan City agriculture office in Isabela province appealed to the Department of Agriculture for assistance after 500 hectares of rice fields were found affected by a disease called hopper burn.
The Philippine Information Agency reported that Rufino Arcega, city agriculturist, asked for aid for the affected rice farmers whose incomes have been reduced due to lower yield.
Arcega said he will ask local officials to seek assistance from the national government so that the farmers could recover their losses.
He said climate change might have caused the hopper burn.
He also said he is monitoring the prices of palay in buying stations where prices are pegged at P13-14 per kilo for harvested palay and P17-18 per kilo for dried palay.