P49.6M agri crops in Antique lost to El Niño

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The Antique province has lost P49.592 million worth of rice and other crops due to the El Niño phenomenon, said the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA).

In its latest monitoring report, OPA said the prolonged dry spell caused by El Nino resulted in damage of P36,147,942 worth of rice crops in 12 municipalities in the province.

Damage on the fishery industry and other crops such as corn, peanut, mungbean, and vegetables stood at P13,445,418, it also said.

“Rice farmers are the most affected by the El Niño phenomenon,” according to OPA Senior Agriculturist Ramona dela Vega.

Dela Vega said a total of 3,091 farmers were affected by lack of water for their rice paddies.

“The rice physical area in Antique is 42,154 hectares – of which 5,308 hectares had been planted with crops,” she said.

Affected areas were Culasi, Patnongon, Anini-y, Tobias Fornier, Sebaste, Valderrama, Hamtic, Barbaza, Libertad, Laua-an, Pandan, and San Jose.