• Isabela farmers seek aid due to dry spell

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    ILAGAN CITY, Isabela: Farmers have expressed their concern asking for assistance as the long dry spell continues to affect the province, according to the provincial agriculture office (PAO).

    The agency said the dry spell has affected more than 5,000 hectares of land or P11 million worth of crops, especially in the corn-producing area in the northern parts of the province.

    PAO head Danilo Tumamao said they have been also receiving letters and resolutions from affected farmers asking for immediate assistance to save their dying crops.

    “But due to limited resources, we are as well seeking help from concerned agencies particularly the Department of Agriculture to assist us with this alarming effect of the long dry spell,” Tumamao said.

    PAO officials said they are still waiting for other towns for the final damage assessment of other towns on corn crops and those that are still monitoring other crops.

    Governor Faustino Dy 3rd said he is rolling out intervention plans and will explore the possibility of conducting cloud seeding operations to cushion the impact of the dry spell.

    Meanwhile, the Philippjne Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the country is likely to experience a prolonged effects of the El Niño until the latter part of this year.

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