PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Biliran farmers continue to harvest fresh produce despite continuous rainsby Flor Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran, January 14 (PIA) -– Farmers in Biliran, especially vegetable and fruit growers, continue to harvest despite continuous rains experienced in the area for more than two weeks now, said Biliran provincial agriculturist Jaime Casas.
He said the people in Biliran, especially in the capital town of Naval, still enjoy a supply of their choice vegetables and fruits in the market stalls of the town despite the wet days that ran for over two weeks.
“The rainy days did not affect the volume of harvest of the vegetable and fruit farmers in the area,” he said.
Casas added that rice farmers in the province were not affected because only few have planted their rice seedlings as they are still in the stage of rice field preparation.
However, the agriculturist reported that some five rice farmers in the municipality of Caibiran have been affected because their seedlings were sprouting already and were washed out.
“The damage suffered by the rice farmers, though, in this town was very minimal,” he said.
Meanwhile, Casas said he ordered the municipal agriculturists in the eight municipalities of the province to monitor closely the activities of the farmers in their areas.
“As of now, the Office of Provincial Agricultural Services (OPAS) in Biliran is assisting identified fruit growers in the province spray their fruit trees against pests and fungal diseases that have affected fruit trees because of the moisture as a result of the continuous rainy days,” he said. (PIA 8 Biliran)