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Palawan Capitol seeks intervention from other gov’t agencies to help farmers affected by dry season

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The Palawan Provincial Capitol, through the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA), has coordinated with other national agencies to help the farmers who are reeling the effects of dry season.

Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Romeo M. Cabungcal said that they have submitted initial damage report to the Department of Agriculture (DA), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and Office of the Governor to study the possible interventions needed by the farmers.

Based on the initial data from eight towns, 1,200 rice and corn farmers are affected.

“Mayroon tayong standing crop na almost 3,000 hectares na ang nada-damage with regards to El Niño. ‘Yung talagang totally damaged ay nag-a-account na sa 410 hectares at ‘yung partially damaged ay nasa 1,917 hectares,” said Dr. Cabungcal.

The said data came form Aborlan, Narra, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Española, Quezon, San Vicente, Taytay and Bataraza.

“Nitong nakaraang linggo ako ay pumunta sa munisipyo ng Bataraza at Brooke’s Point at nakita ko ‘yung extent ng damage,” said Dr. Cabungcal.

The OPA is still coordinating with various municipalities to get data regarding the damages due to the weather.

“On the onset of the 1st cropping season, uulan na rin yan [sa mga buwan ng] Mayo at Hunyo,” said Dr. Cabungcal.

Meanwhile, the OPA urged the Municipal Agriculturists to provide accurate information.

“[Ito ay] para malaman [ng mga magsasaka kung] ano ba ang angkop na mga tanim na pwede dito sa ganitong mga tagtuyot o tinatawag nating mga drought resistance variety na makakatayo sa ganitong sistema ng panahon,” he said.