City set to conduct cloud seeding

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Monday, March 10, 2014


CITY Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat has requested P3-million allocation from Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar to conduct cloud seeding operations to cushion the effect of the dry spell in Zamboanga City.

Carlito Rubares, the supervising agriculturist at the Office of the City Agriculture, said the funds, once approved and allocated, would enable them to conduct 31 sorties to drop into the clouds a total of 15,500 kilograms of iodized salt.

Rubares added that at least 500 kilograms of iodized salt will be dropped in each sortie into the seedable clouds to induce rains.

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The cloud seeding operation is aimed to induce rainfall to cushion the effect of the dry spell besetting the city.

Rubares said the cloud seeding will be conducted in coordination with the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soils and Water Management.

He said the cloud seeding is an option to induce rain to cushion the effect of the dry spell hitting the city.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga City Water District has imposed starting last week water rationing in the city due to the dry spell.

The water rationing is being imposed by areas in the east coast and west coast from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively.

The central area will experience low water pressure although they will enjoy 24-hour water service. (Bong Garcia)

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