Antique seeks rice seeds for farmers


RICE SEEDS HELP. Rice farms in the municipality of Sebaste, in Antique, were flooded when the Cala-cala river overflowed during the height of Typhoon Jolina which caused heavy rains in the province on September 7, 2021. The provincial officer of the agriculture in Antique, Nicolasito Calawag, said Monday (Sept. 20), the office is requesting rice seeds from the regional office of the Ministry of Agriculture. (Photo courtesy of Pamela Socorro Azucena)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antiquity – The Provincial Agricultural Antiquities Office (OPA) seeks rice seed assistance from Regional Office 6 of the Ministry of Agriculture (DA) after the farms were flooded by the heavy rains caused by the typhoon Jolina.

The ancient OPA chief Nicolasito Calawag said there were 905 farmers in 14 towns in the province who were affected by Typhoon Jolina from September 7 to 13.

“Most farmers, if they receive seeds, could still recoup their losses,” he said in an interview on Monday.

He said the seed aid would allow farmers to replant their farms for the second harvest period.

Ancient OPA seed coordinator Arlene Delos Reyes said she was now preparing her letter request and report to the DA regional office.

“By tomorrow we could already send the letter to (the) DA,” she said in a separate interview.

Delos Reyes did not specify how many bags will be sent by the DA but added that the palay seeds will be one bag or 40 kilos for each hectare of farm for inbreeding, and 15 to 18 kilos per hectare for hybrid variety.

Meanwhile, Serafin Yanga, the planning officer of OPA II and the natural disaster focal person of the Provincial Agriculture Bureau (OPA), said the province has a total of 723.395 hectares of partially rice paddies. and totally damaged.

“The damaged rice crops are at various stages from new planting to maturity,” he said in an interview.

Yanga said the damage in the 14 towns due to the floods on the basis of the producer price reached PHP 5,046,800.

The towns that had reported damage were Libertad, Tobias Fornier, Barbaza, Anini-y, Hamtic, Tibiao, Valderrama, Patnongon, San José de Buenavista, Sibalom, Sebaste, Bugasong, Culasi and Laua-an. (ANP)


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