ILAGAN CITY: Isabela province has lost more than P966 million worth of crops, mostly corn and rice, due to the lack of rainfall in recent weeks.
Citing data verified by the Provincial Disaster Action Team (PDAT), provincial agriculturist Danilo Tumamao said 40,386 farmers from 23 municipalities have lost 73,921 metric tons of corn valued at P966.9 million, and P35 million worth of palay (rice).
Tumamao said that of 48,580 hectares planted with corn and palay that are already at the reproductive stage, 42,400 hectares have been partly damaged while 6,142 hectares have been totally ruined.
Of 5,500 hectares that are at the vegetative stage, 4,900 hectares have been partly destroyed and 510 hectares totally destroyed, he added.
With the huge damage to crops, the agriculture office has recommended that Governor Faustino Dy III declare the province under a state of calamity.