THE National Tobacco Administration (NTA) will provide assistance to Abra’s tobacco farmers to help them cope with El Nino.
“The effect of El Nino is widespread and undeniable. Hence, we need to provide all the necessary assistance to our farmers especially those who are most-affected,” said Esmeralda Gaerlan- Valera, NTA-Abra manager.
Valera announced they have completed irrigation projects in Abra, particularly in tobacco-producing municipalities.
The agency has built mini dams in the towns of Pilar and Villaviciosa and an impounding dam in Tayum and provided pumps and hoses to farmers in areas with little irrigation.
Valera added that they have also an ongoing water-supply project in Dolores and look forward to starting more water-related projects in the municipalities of Luba, Pidigan, San Quintin, Penarrubia and Tayum.
The El Nino, which is expected to last until the middle of next year, is one of the worst in recent years and could trigger massive drought and water shortages. (MTB)