RAFC: 20% drop in agri and fisheries production-A A +A
Monday, May 5, 2014
AGRICULTURAL and fisheries production are projected to drop by 20 percent for this cropping season sue to the effects of El Nino, an agriculture official said.
Armanda C. Angsinco, Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council in Davao Region (RAFC 11) vice-chairperson, said during a press conference at the regional headquarters of the Department of Agriculture on Monday that the intense heat brought by the weather phenomenon will dry up fish ponds and will limit the capability of irrigation systems in the region.
He also pointed out that the 20 percent is just a conservative estimate of projected drop in production.
Angsinco said inland fisheries are in danger of being dried up while the rice and corn industries are vulnerable dues to the lack of water delivered to the plantations.
"We are campaigning for the intercropping of root crops with the corn and rice to help the farmers," he said.
"It is important that we are ready and know what to do once we experience problems during these times," Angsinco said.
For her part, DA regional director Remelyn R. Recoter said it is possible that they can request the Bureau of Soils and Water Management for a cloud seeding activity in areas which will be badly affected by the hot weather. However, there is a need to conduct a thorough evaluation of the area that will be seeded.
"Cloud seeding has its pros and cons. There are crops that are suitable during the hot weather and will not enjoy rain," she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 06, 2014.