Climate change affects agri products

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Friday, February 24, 2012

CANDABA – Small-scale vegetable planters here said the present hot weather, attributed to climate change, has reduced the volume of agricultural produce compared to the previous year.

According to them, despite the use of modern approaches in planting vegetables, the changing climate condition has severely damaged the standing crops.

“Lumulukot ang dahon ng mga tanim na gulay at unti-unting nalalanta. Nagkakaroon din ng parang kulay kalawang kung kaya’t apektado rin ang pagbubunga nito,” Ernie De Leon, a vegetable planter said.

He explained that they already used fertilizers to increase production during harvest season. However, with the current agricultural problem associated with the weather condition, they are afraid they could not even get back their capital.

“Yung patola at ampalaya, hindi nagtutuloy ang paglaki ng bunga kung kaya’t hindi rin namin pinakikinabangan. Sana naman mabawi namin ang puhunan,” De Leon added.

Intense sunlight exposure of vegetable plants causes yellow spots on the leaves and fruits. Likewise, it affects the normal development of plant that leads to poor crop productivity.

“Magtatanim pa rin kami kahit na anong mangyari dahil dito lamang umaasa ang aming pamilya,” another farmer said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 24, 2012.

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