DAVAO

Heavy rains benefit agriculture sector

(Photo by Mark Perandos)

DAVAO City Agriculture Office (CAO) head Leo Brian Leuterio said the heavy downpour that the city experienced in the past few days is beneficial especially for the fruit trees.

"Our fruits are on deck and it is timely because we are about to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival this August," Leuterio said.

According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the agriculture sector lost P7.96 billion worth of production in the entire country due to El Niño in late April.

The city, however, did not declare a state of calamity even though some areas, including districts of Toril, Calinan, and Marilog, were slightly affected by the dry spell.

Leuterio said concerned agencies such as the DA and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) gave financial support and water catchment facilities to affected farmers in the city.

He also said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio also gave directives to prepare for both El Niño and La Niña phenomenon.

"We are already crafting additional details in preparing for this, in coordination with Sir Fred (Alfredo Baluran, chief) of the CDDRMO (City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office)," Leuterio said.


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