Friday, April 24, 2015

Organic farms can sustain effects of dry spell

The continuing dry spell in Negros Occidental
resulted to P28 million worth damage
 to crops and livestock. (Photo from

As the dry spell continues to take its toll on the agricultural lands in Negros Occidental, organic farmers experienced otherwise.

Ramon Uy Jr., president of Organik na Negros Organic Producers Association, said that organic farmers have not yet feel the effects of the drought.

Uy said that they have not received any reported damages caused by excessive heat, adding that production of organic crops continue to surge since April.

Organic products thrive better especially during long droughts due to its chemical inputs, he stressed.

He said that organic farming covers 10,000 hectares of land in the province.

Due to dry spell, the damage to crops and livestock was pegged at P28 million in the province.

A total of 423.34 hectares in the province were affected by the drought, which cost P18,022,552. The dry spell also affected 395 farmers in San Carlos City, Hinigaran, Hinobaan and Candoni. 

Further, the drought resulted to an estimated loses of P10 million to farm animals and pasture development in the province.

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