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PIA Press Release
2010/02/12

Isabela declares state of calamity

Ilagan, Isabela (February 12) -- Following the submitted millions of pesos damaged assessment report by the province's agriculture office to the provincial board, members of the Isabela's Sangguniag Panlalawigan during last Tuesday's regular session has declared the province under a state of calamity because of the worsening effect of El Niņo phenomenon to farmers.

The Provincial Board, seeing the alarming report to Isabela farmers, passed a resolution declaring the whole province under State of Calamity as the El Niņo effect continue to affect thousands of hectares of ricelands.

The Provincial Agriculture Office's initial report to SP showed that so far the province has already incurred a P400 million and P100 million worth of corn and palay that were already damaged.

He said there were already more than 30 percent damaged to corn crops from the expected total 42, 273 metric tons of corn production this cropping season.

The damage to agriculture will continue to increase if the whole Cagayan Valley experience no rainfall in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit 2 in coordination with the Philippine Air force based in Cauayan City has been conducting cloud seeding operations started on the last week of January until today as mitigating measure to ease the effect of the long dry spell.

The SN Aboitiz - Power Magat also announced its intention to contribute in the cloud seeding operation to produce artificial water at the watershed areas to fill the needed water for irrigation and power purposes. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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