Saturday, February 19, 2011

Davao City places 8 farming villages under state of calamity

MANILA, Philippines - Eight farming villages in Davao City ravaged by rats have been placed under a state of calamity.

The Davao City's agriculture office said that the rat-infested villages include Salapawan, Lumiad, Colosas, Tapak, Mapula, paradise Embac, Fatima and Pandaitan, all in Paquibato district.

Leo Avila, city agriculturist, said that at least 2,000 hectares banana, corn, cassava, camote and rice farms have been ravaged by the rats.

Avila said that the damage to agriculture of the rats' attack in Davao City has been pegged at P30 million.

The city government will use the calamity funds to aid the families of the farmers that have been affected by the rat infestation.

Meanwhile, the local agriculture office said a 5-hectare coconut plantation in Calinan district has been damaged by an attack of caterpillars.

It said that the caterpillars started spreading in Calinan district last month. The caterpillars also been munching on cacao and banana trees in the district. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

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