Cabatuan barangays placed under state of calamity due to drought
Tuguegarao City (15 February) -- The Office of the Municipal Agriculture in Cabatuan, a town located at the southwestern part of Isabela, has reported that the barangays of Rang-ay, Culing West, Culing East, Culing Centro, Macalaoat, Paraiso, Del Pilar,Saranay, Calaocan, Namnama, La Paz, Del Corpuz, San Andres, and Diamantina are at risk of potential damage from El Nino.
In a phone interview, Samuel A. Fallaria, agricultural technologist of the said town, has expressed fear that hundreds of hectares of rice fields will be destroyed if not irrigated.
Fallaria added that the rice crops which are in their early panicle initiation and flowering stages have a chance of recovery if given sufficient supply of water.
The agricultural technician added that the municipal government is undertaking mitigation measures to lessen the effects of drought to the farmers.
"The municipal government has allocated P260,000 for the 10 to 15 liters of diesel and gasoline per affected farmer", Fallaria said.
The funds will soon be depleted so we are seeking the assistance of the Office of the Provincial Governor but we are still waiting for her response, Fallaria added.
Fallaria said the regional office of the Department of Agriculture has already provided water pumps to be utilized by the farmers.
Cabatuan is considered one of the rice granaries of the region having a generally broad and level plains which is highly suitable to agriculture.
About 86% or 6,945.98 hectares of Cabatuan's land area is devoted to agriculture and is one among the top producers of rice.
Most of the biggest ricemills in the province are also in this municipality. (PIA 2) [top]