Neg. Occ. drought damage to crops, animals P535.6M 

A dried up ricefield in Sitio Cabagtasan, Barangay Codcod, San Carlos City in Negros Occidental on Sunday, May 19.*Ronnie Baldonado photo 

The drought damage  to crops and animals in  Negros Occidental  is now  P535.6 million. 

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist  (OPA) in a report submitted to Gov, Eugenio Jose Lacson on  Friday, May 17, said  damage to rice, corn, high value commercial  crops (HVCC) and fisheries   had reached P318,958,988 on May 15. 

Damage to rice was P298,474,128.14 affecting  8,431 farmers tilling  6,015 hectares of land  in 28 local government units, the OPA reported. 

Corn damage was P8,346,482.26 affecting 280 farmers tilling 189.29 hectares of land in  12 LGUs, it added. 

HVCC damage was  P8,582,356 affecting 9,218 farmers  tilling 6,287.94 hectares of land   in four LGUs, the OPA said. 

Damage to fisheries was P3,556,022 affecting  34 fisherfolk in  six LGUs, the OPA added. 

On May 10 Provincial Veterinarian Placeda Lemana placed the  damage to  animals and  pasture lands in Negros Occidental was P16,470,150.  

The Sugar Regulatory Administration initially estimated the drought damage to  sugar and molasses in Negros Occidental at P200,178,856.* 

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