Amidst the dry spell brought by El Niño to the provinces of SOCCSKSARGEN in Central Mindanao, only 5.3% or 33,080 hectares of farmlands in the region was reportedly affected by the phenomenon.
“The negligible degree in the decrease in production may be attributed to the timely dissemination of information to farmers,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said.
Given the early announcement, as well as the disbursement of training manuals, rice growers were aware of the coming El Niño and opted not to plant.
Department of Agriculture continues to set out interventions and other mitigation strategies to cushion the impact of the drought.
The DA in Region XII has reportedly been conducting consistent cloud seeding sorties to induce artificial rain.
However, Sec. Alcala stressed that even with the success of cloud seeding, the government continues to research for the best solution to this repetitive dilemma.
To date, the DA is considering rehabilitating the small water impounding projects and diversion dams.
—From the Department of Agriculture