State of calamity in Isabela as Guv Dy asks NFA aid
Isabela Gov. Faustino Dy III is asking the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy the damaged corn harvests of the local farmers to cushion the impact of dry spell in their livelihood.
This as the provincial council declared a state of calamity after damage to the province’s corn production caused by the ongoing dry spell has reached P1 billion, according to Philippine Star.
Dy recounted that in 2010, NFA bought palay damaged by Typhoon Juan from the local farmers.
Vice Gov. Antonio Albano said the province has P123 million in standby calamity funds to contain the damage.
The dry spell has affected 61,000 hectares of cornfields and might last until October, according the provincial agricultural office.
Among the areas which suffered most from the dry spell were the towns of San Mariano, Cauayan and Ilagan City.
“Nagdeclare tayo sa Isabela due to El Nino phenomenon. Most farmers wala ulan for the past few months. Sporadic lang ulan. First cropping season, talagang wala masyado na-harvest,” Albano said in an ABS CBN news interview.
The provincial council, he added, authorized Dy to make arrangements for the conduct of cloud-seeding to save the remaining crops.
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