ILAGAN CITY: The provincial government of Isabela has declared a state of calamity due to the prolonged dry spell, particularly in corn plantations.
Danilo Tumamao, provincial agriculturist, said the drought has damaged more than 61,000 hectares of cornfield with losses reaching about P705 million.
On Wednesday, the provincial board passed a resolution declaring a state of calamity in the entire province as damage to agriculture caused by the dry spell continues to worsen.
The heavily affected towns include San Mariano town and the cities of Cauayan and Ilagan, according to the provincial agriculture office.
Vice Gov. Antonio Albano said the local government has approved P123 million from their calamity fund to help farmers affected by the dry spell.
“We are now also discussing with Gov. Faustino Dy 3rd the type of assistance to be extended to corn farmers affected by the drought,” Alba- no added.
He said the assistance could be in the form of seeds or fertilizers, farm inputs or cash assistance.