DRY SPELL DAMAGES P477-M CROPS IN NOCOT
COTABATO CITY — The dry spell prevailing over North Cotabato province has so far damaged PHP477-million worth of agricultural crops, the provincial disaster management officer said Saturday.
North Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) warning and action officer, Arnulfo Villaruz, also placed the number of farmers affected by the drought-spawned El Niño phenomenon at 8,500, based on data provided by municipal disaster offices in the province.
The province has experienced less amount of rainfall since early February.
Due to extreme weather condition, the towns of M’lang, Aleosan, Alamada, and Pikit have declared a state of calamity, prompting the local government units to use their respective calamity funds to aid affected farmers in cushioning the impact of the dry spell.
“The number of affected farmers and amount of crop damage could still go up when all reports are forwarded to our office,” Villaluz said over the Church-run DXND radio station here.
He said North Cotabato was not included on the list of provinces that would be hit by the extreme weather condition, “but nevertheless, farms were dried up, damaging crops in the process”. (PNA)