Prepare for El Niño, Davao farmers told

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


FARMERS are told to prepare for the looming El Nino phenomenon that has been predicted to hit Davao Region this summer and will extend until June or July.

Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council (RAFC 11) vice chair Armando C. Angsinco said during the 2014 Farmers and Fisherfolk Month celebration at the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA 11) that farmers should ready their production areas from intense summer heat since water levels will be low during the season.

"We will experience a shortage of irrigation water due to low water levels. We should now begin to conserve water since this can go up until July or June," he said.

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Angsinco said the different chairs of RAFCs and the National AFC will be meeting at Clark soon to discuss on the monitoring and evaluation of agricultural programs in various regions.

"IT is important that the private and public sector will come together to help go through these times," he said.

"There will be lots of threats that we will need to face and it is important that we are ready and know what to do when faced with the problems," Angsinco said.

He also said agricultural production, including the fisheries sector, is expected to drop by 20 percent.

Earlier the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) noted consistent high temperature from 32 up to 34 degrees Celsius for the month of April until May 2.

Gerry S. Pedrico, Pagasa-Davao City chief meteorological officer, said temperatures in Davao City would range from 25 to 34 degrees Celsius, with the weather anticipated to be warm and humid.

In a statement, Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo said El Niño may develop this year as indicated by majority of climate models.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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