Economy


Agro-fishery losses due to floods in Negros Occidental reach P12.8M




Posted on December 30, 2011


BACOLOD CITY -- Losses to crops and fisheries in Negros Occidental due to floods in the past days have reached P12.8 million, according to data of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) released late Wednesday.

A total of 79 hectares of rice fields were destroyed due to floods in Cadiz City. Damage amounted to P1.8 million. -- AFP

OPA chief Igmedio Tabianan said more than 250 hectares of fishponds in Sagay City were destroyed with total damage pegged at P11 million.

The flooded ponds, owned by 26 operators, grew milkfish, tilapia and shrimp.

Crops affected were mostly rice particularly in Cadiz City where 79 hectares of rice fields owned by 78 farmers were also submerged. Damage totaled P1.8 million so far.

Sagay and Cadiz are among the five cities in northern Negros hit by flash floods Tuesday after two days of continuous rains.

Mr. Tabianan said OPA personnel continue to conduct an assessment of the flood-hit plantations as there are still areas they haven’t reached.

“After that, we will know what kind of assistance or rehabilitation support we can provide to them,” he said.

For fishpond owners, the provincial government usually extends food-for-work assistance where workers who will repair the destroyed dikes will receive rice in exchange for their labor.

Affected rice farmers may also receive planting materials, including seeds.

Mr. Tabianan said the rice farmers from Cadiz will undergo evaluation to determine if they can be covered by the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program.

Implemented through the OPA, the program provides a comprehensive insurance package to rice farmers to help them mitigate the impact of climate change and to lessen the impact of crop damage brought about by natural calamities like drought, earthquake, and others.

Floods

At least 4,000 families in five cities and one town in northern Negros and two towns in the south were affected by flash floods that followed the heavy rains in the Visayas provinces in the past days.

Cities affected in the north are San Carlos, where houses of 1,140 families were flooded, according to a report from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

Others cities hit are Sagay, more than 1,000 families; Cadiz, 230 families; Talisay, 132 families; and Silay, 58 families.

Four villages in Calatrava were also submerged.

In the south, San Enrique town was once again hit by floods in the same barangays flooded last month. -- Nanette L. Guadalquiver