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PIA Press Release
2010/02/16

Cauayan City placed under state of calamity

Cauayan City, Isabela (February 16) -- Having seen and assessed the damages on rice and corn crops brought about by the onslaught of El Niņo in this bustling city of Isabela, the government officials placed the city under a state of calamity Sunday.

Based on the crop damage assessment report of the City Agriculture here, there were now 12 thousand hectares of corn and rice lands that were totally damage by El Niņo or about P100 million worth of agriculture products affecting farmlands due to the absence of rainfall in previous months.

City Agriculturist Rufino Arcega said that the El Nino effect has already felt by the agriculture sector in the city leading their rice and corn crops into total damage if not given mitigating measure to address the problem.

The city agriculture is planning to purchase water pumps to be lent to farmers in the city whose farms are not already reached the services of the National Irrigation Administration.

"Immediate and appropriate solution should be addressed to wane the effect of El Nino and we are proposing to the city government officials to purchase immediately water pumps to be used by our farmers," Arcega said.

As of press time, agricultural technicians in this city are doubling their time inspecting farmlands that has still the chance to save and will prioritized if the water pumps are already available for use.

Last week, the entire province was declared under a state of calamity due to the large areas of farmlands that were affected by the long dry spell.

There are now P1.7 billion worth of agriculture damage in the entire province as reported by the province's agriculture office. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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