Davao del Sur under state of calamity amid dry spell

Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2019 05:35 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2019 05:44 PM

Davao del Sur has been placed under a state of calamity amid a dry spell that has affected 7,600 farmers, the provincial agriculture office said Wednesday. 

The damage to agriculture is now pegged at P212.6 million.

Provincial Agriculturist Raul Fuenconcillo said among the municipalities severely affected by the dry spell are Matanao, Bansalan, Hagonoy, Magsaysay, and Kiblawan.

"Sa Matanao, naay walay matamni nga area. Naay nagtanom, pero nangamatay sa init," Fuenconcillo said.

(In Matanao, there are plantations that cannot be used. Farmers planted some, but the crops will die due to severe heat.)

One farmer, Danilo Larisma, harvested his sugarcane earlier than expected in a plantation in Barangay Maligaya in Digos City.

He only harvested 70 tons of sugarcane. Before the dry spell affected the province, Larisma was able to harvest more than 104 tons of the crop.

Larisma also said that rains brought by Tropical Depression Chedeng on Tuesday was not enough to water his plantation.

The Provincial Agriculture Office is currently working on the procurement of backyard seedlings as initial assistance to affected farmers.