Based on the record from DA 11 High Value Crop Development Program (HVCDP), Davao del Norte has a total of 23,772 hectares of banana plantation. About 8,425 hectares of which have been damaged by the dry spell.
About P3 to P4 million was allocated for cloud seeding process, wherein 10 will be counter parted by the provincial government.
He also reported that they will no longer conduct cloud seeding in Davao City because the extent of the damage is severe especially corn.
“We will not conduct cloud seeding in Davao City because the damage is already big and it can’t be recovered. Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur have a minimal damage and it does not require cloud seeding intervention,” Nota explained.
Nota also added, “if in case there will be continuous rain in the next days, we can halt the application of cloud seeding.”
Meanwhile DA 11 has prepared the necessary interventions needed by the affected provinces.
Dr. Rafael Mercado, assistant regional director for research and regulatory said that right before the threat of dry spell, DA 11 continues to monitor and evaluate different areas in Davao region which will be directly affected.
He bared that the corn program has prepared 6,923 bags corn seeds as buffer stock while the rice program has prepared 4, 200 bags certified rice seeds, 1,130 bags registered rice seeds , 125 units Pump Irrigation System and 5 units Pump Irrigation System (Open Source for rehabilitation).
For the HVCDP, they prepared 575 drums, 66 bags mungbean, one unit spring development and one unit farm reservoir.
Director Remelyn Recoter has also urged farmers to report their crop losses to their municipal agriculturists, who will in turn coordinate the information to the concerned DA regional office for the replacement of seeds and other forms of assistance.