Agri production to drop 20% due to El Nino

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


AGRICULTURAL production, including the fisheries sector, is projected to drop by 20 percent in the cropping season due to the effects of El Nino, an agriculture official said.

Armanda Angsinco, Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council 11 (RAFC 11) vice chair, said the intense heat brought about 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 drop is just a conservative estimate of projected decrease in production.

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Angsinco said inland fisheries are in danger of being dried up while the rice and corn production are vulnerable due to the lack of water delivered to farmlands.

"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 affecgted 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 07, 2014.

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