Rice farms bear brunt of P50M damage left by typhoon ‘Paolo’ in Negros
BACOLOD CITY — Rains and floods brought about by Typhoon Paolo resulted in an estimated P50 million damage to crops and fisheries in Negros Occidental.
A terminal report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) on Friday showed that the highest damage and losses of P49.3 million were reported by the rice sector.
Affected were 1,601 farmers in 64 barangays in eight towns and cities, covering 1,982.3 hectares of rice plantations.
The province’s “rice bowl”, Bago City, registered the most losses at PH22.78 million.
Others affected were the towns of Valladolid, P14.2 million; Pontevedra, P8.26 million; Hinigaran, P1.78 million; Moises Padilla, P1.04 million; La Castellana, P1.03 million; Binalbagan, P179,500; and San Enrique, P68,304.
Damage to high-value commercial crops, especially vegetables, totaled to PHP389,840, covering 15 farmers in 13.45 hectares in three localities.
Bago City reported damage and losses of P254,480; La Castellana, P121,860; and Binalbagan, P13,500.
For corn, 11 farmers in 2.9 hectares posted production losses amounting to P36,530. The farms are located in Bago City, Binalbagan, and La Castellena.
The OPA report said the fishery sector incurred losses totaling P475,880, affecting 21 fisherfolk in 12.2 hectares in three localities. (PNA)