Too hot to squeeze sugarcane juice
The heat brought by the El Niño has affected the quality of sugarcane, said Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
The Philippine Information Agency quoted Marañon as saying that the heat has lowered cane juice and sugar yield.
Reports of the effects of El Niño include stunting, shriveling and even empty rice grains.
The Philippine News Agency said the damage to crops and livestock brought by the dry weather on Negros Occidental has reached P450 million.
The report said the rice sector posted the highest damage and losses at P240.45 million. It is followed by HVCC with P8.16 million, corn with P6 million, and tilapia with P991,300.
A total of 9,633 farmers and fisherfolk were affected in 25 towns and cities, with a total area of 8,286.15 hectares.
Rat infestation also hit 48 rice farmers in Isabela town, causing damage worth P498,326.