BORONGAN CITY, April 10, 2017 – The Department of Agriculture urged local government units to produce biological control agents to help rice farmers whose farms were affected by pest infestation in March.
The recommendation came after brown plant hoppers attacked seven towns in Eastern Samar damaging more than 10,000 metric tons of palay.
The DA has urged farmers to “use light trapping, metarhizium spray and the judicious use of nitrogen fertilizers, among others” to manage the pests.
Further, the department recommended the burning of affected rice straws and stubbles to “kill pathogens present in the area.”
Almost 4,000 farmers from the towns of San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Dolores, Arteche, Oras and Jipapad were affected by the infestation.
Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Deogracias Paano, in a text message, assured mitigating measures have already been implemented in the towns concerned.
Paano also said the DA and provincial government continuously monitor the situation in affected towns to avert the same damage in succeeding cropping. (Medora NB Quirante / Este News)