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Gov't conducts cloud seeding activities to mitigate impact of El Nino

Tacloban City (February 7) -- In line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's call for adoption of measures to mitigate the impact of the impending El Nino phenomenon in the country, government agencies have already started implementing cloud-seeding operations in the El Nino affected regions of the country.

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management reported that using one Cessna 210 plane of the Philippine Air Force, it has completed ten cloud-seeding activities in Cagayan Valley as of February 3, 2010.

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 2 informed that around 230,560 hectares of ricelands and about 202,471 hectares of corn fields have been affected by El Nino in the Cagayan Valley Region.

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management is currently making the necessary arrangements for the deployment of a bigger plane that could dispense 500 kilos of salt per sortie.

Meanwhile, since February 1, about nine cloud-seeding operations have been completed in Negros Occidental.

It was learned that through the initiative of Governor Isidro Zayco and the Provincial Government, a Cessna plane was hired for cloud seeding.

Based on the assessment conducted by the Provincial Agricultural Office and the BSWM, about 7,000 hectares of ricelands and 343 hectares of corn fields in Negros Occidental have already been affected by El Nino.

Moreover, around 28,000 hectares of land newly planted and ratooned sugarcane in the municipalities of Magallon, Himamaylan, Hinigaran, and La Castellana are also being threatened by El Nino.

Cloud-seeding in Negros Occidental will continue in the next few months as the effects of El Nino worsen.

Furthermore, the BSWM is currently facilitating the deployment of an aircraft to conduct cloud seeding operations in Regions 4 and 11. The areas affected are Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon in Region 4; and Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte in Region 11, Mindanao. (PIA 8) [top]

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