Kalinga corn farmers suffer heavy losses
Tabuk City, Kalinga (20 February) -- Agriculturists here reported heavy loss on corn production caused by the long dry spell estimated to cost P73 million in total damages with Pinukpuk and Tabuk as heavily affected areas.
If it will not rain this week, chances of recovery of the remaining standing corn crops is nil, they will collapse to the ground, said Ignacio Dinulong of the Office on Agricultural Services.
"We are helpless, plantations in the four corn areas of the province were devastated and production has gone down to about 60 percent reduction in yield," Dinulong said.
Peak harvest falls this February and we have no more time to save the remaining plantations, he added.
He said yield from both yellow and white corn drastically dropped from the normal production of 32,000 metric tons to a half reduction percentage or 16,000mt this season because of the drought.
Area planted with corn is 7,024 hectares in the municipalities of Pinukpuk, Tabuk, Rizal, and Tanudan.
What is best in order to cope with the losses is to rehabilitate the corn areas this next cropping season by providing full subsidies for corn seeds at the same time provide inputs.
There is also the need to construct small water impounding projects and water pumps to supply water for over head irrigation or rain bird. "And in order to gain from what was destroyed, shredder machines should be purchased to turn corn remains into fertilizer," Dinulong said. (PIA) [top]