Farmers affected by Taal eruption seek government assistance

Maris Federez
Ash-covered cornfield in Brgy. Hornalan, Calamba, Laguna, 21 January 2020. Clinton Anniversario/Photoville International

Laguna, Philippines — Farmers in the province are losing thousands of pesos after their crops had been affected by the Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Hectares of farm lots for corn, tomato, bitter gourd, string beans, squash, and other crops in Barangay Hornalan in Calamba, Laguna were destroyed.

This prompted farmers like Michael Marudo and Frisco Año to call on the government for assistance.

Michael said he cannot sell his vegetable produce as they were all covered by the thick ashes from the eruption.

He claimed to have lost around Php30,000.

“Halos 100% po ‘yung bumagsak wala na pong maani. Kasi lahat po ito binisita namin kasama ‘yung technician ko sa Calamba,” Michael said.

Frisco, on the other hand, said his losses have now reached Php100,000 as his corn and squash produce were ruined.

The animals in his farm were also affected by the ashfall making them weak and sick.

“Ang aming naisip ‘yung pagsisimula ‘yung tulong ng pamahalaan kasi parang ano kami lahat ng ari-arian nasira sa pagkakaputok ng bulkan,” Frisco said.

The farmers in Laguna are asking the government for seedlings and tractors that they can use in farming. — (from the report of Correspondent Grace Doctolero) /mbmf

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