CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Farmers in Pampanga will meet to discuss the adverse effects of El Niño to farmlands in the province, said Provincial Board (PB) Committee on Environment Chairman Ricardo Yabut.

"It is not enough that we are informed about El Niño. We must do concrete steps to cope with the phenomenon in order that our agricultural harvests are not very much affected," Yabut said on Thursday.

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Yabut said he will spearhead the province-wide meet with farmer leaders and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) to plan possible actions against the ongoing El Niño.

"The aim of the meet is to completely come up with streamlined efforts to cope with the El Nino," Yabut said.

Among those recommended by the OPA, Yabut said, is the planting of short gestation crops to cope up with the prolonged mild dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

"Crops that can be harvested in a short period of time are being recommended," said Yabut.

He added that a technical meeting with some OPA staff is scheduled next week to formulate recommendations for local government units and identify needed assistance from concerned national government agencies.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that several parts of the country have already been experiencing dry spells brought about by the phenomenon. (Ian Ocampo Flora)