2007, August 6

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan has declared the entire province of Ilocos Norte under a state of calamity due to the prolonged dry spell that has damaged crops on August 6.

The declaration came at the heels of rainfall in the past few days as provincial agriculturist Norma Lagmay said the rains are still insufficient for local farmers particularly those on rain-dependent areas.

Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) records show that only 50 percent of arable lands in the province have been planted with rice due to insufficient water needed by farmers in rain-dependent areas of the province, which include 14 municipalities.

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