Monsoon rains destroy rice crops worth P105M-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jovi T. De Leon
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Pampanga recently reported that some P105,166,356 of palay either in the vegetative or flowering stages have been damaged by the recent southwest monsoon rain enhanced by tropical storm Maring.
Acting Provincial Agriculturist Crispin Guintu said that a total of 11,753.15 hectares of farmlands planted with rice have been damaged by flood waters and affected 7,875 farmers from the four districts of the province.
He said that that 1,292.85 hectares have been totally damaged, while 10,460.30 were noted as partially damaged and could be recovered.
"Of the towns, Magalang and Lubao sustained the biggest damages with 913.15 hectares or P28,478,829 in losses and 1,851 hectares or P21,055,575 in losses respectively. Other hard hit areas under our rice production program are San Luis, San Simon and Mexico," Guintu said.
Capitol consultant on agriculture Roy Imperial meanwhile told Sun.Star Pampanga that the farmers could start availing of their insurance benefits from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.
"It is good that our Governor Lilia Pineda encouraged and facilitated the insurance coverage of P3,000 per hectare of the lands of our farmers. Still, we would look after their plight and extend further assistance to them," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 30, 2013.