THE Department of Agriculture in Davao del Sur has rescheduled its cloud seeding operations to next week.

Ernesto Miro, provincial agriculturist, told Sun.Star Superbalita, they hope to proceed with the cloud seeding operations next week for the crops to survive the dry spell.

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"Dili man gud pareha sa una ang paghimo niini karon. Kung sa una basta lang ihagbong sa eroplano didto sa panganod ang asin, karon dili na kay i-culture pa nato ni (Unlike before the planes will just drop the salt into the clouds, now we still need to culture it)," Miro said.

There is a need to culture the clouds before dropping the salt to produce the artificial rain, the DA said.

The cloudy skies in several areas in Davao del Sur last Wednesday was believed to be caused by the cloud seeding. But there was no rainfall that occurred.

Miro said it is natural that rain will not occur immediately since the clouds are still being cultured.

Farmers in the province have yet to start planting crops as the earth is cracked and water from the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is not enough.

In Davao City and Davao del Sur, at least P126 million worth of crops have been damaged due to the El Ni¤o phenomenon. (Dondon Dinoy)