DA-02 braces for El Nino effects to agriculture

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) region 2 has already conceptualized its mitigation measures to assist farmers to be affected by El Nino Phenomenon from Nov. until next year.

Jessyflor Fagaran, agriculture disaster action officer, said that dry spell cause mortality and damage in vulnerable crop areas as well as induced heat stress to livestock.

It may also cause of emergence of new or resurgent of pest and diseases for crops and livestock which may result into low productivity for both crops and livestock, she said.

“We have already our mitigation measures to include reactivation of our disaster task force for El Nino, “Mapping of drought vulnerable areas as well as maximization of production in the non-vulnerable areas and measures to save production in vulnerable areas”, she added.

Cagayan Valley contributes largely to national production, especially on corn and rice that is why they will be subsidizing seeds for those who will be affected.

“We will giving hybrid seeds for 20,000 hectares of rice fields and 40,000 hectares of cornfield plus certified seeds of rice for 35,000 hectares, vegetables seeds for 150 hectares and legumes for 1,500 hectares” she explained.

DA is also set to give soil ameliorants for rice fields of up to 55,000 hectares and corn for 40,000 hectares as well as training for pest and disease control methods to farmers.

With these, Fagaran is optimistic that farmers will be able to cope with effects of dry spell in the region and produce expected production for the consumption of the consumers. PNA