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PIA Press Release
2010/02/22

Rice fields in Samar town drying as Palace eyes other interventions vs dry spell

Catbalogan, Samar (22 February) -- Tarangnan town in Samar also experiences drying up.

In a talk with its Municipal Agriculturist, Alfredo Jabonete told PIA that 50% of the 250 hectares of rice fields is drying up.

"If rains do not pour this late February or early March, the rice produce is in danger," said Jabonete.

Municipal agriculturists from all over Samar will have a chance to ventilate their agriculture concerns this March 5, 2010, when the provincial agriculturist Anita Taran will meet them for a meeting.

Samar according to agriculture has only 10% irrigated areas as compared to Leyte with 85% percent. Although Samar according to Pag-Asa is only moderately affected, still drying up is already an occurrence.

Meanwhile, the Arroyo administration is implementing other interventions for addressing the prevailing dry spell from El Nino's onslaught.

These will depend on severity and impact of the problem in different areas, deputy presidential spokesperson Ricardo Saludo said.

He noted such interventions will be in addition to measures government is implementing already to deal with the dry spell problem.

Measures government is implementing include cloud seeding when possible and activating shallow wells, he said.

Government is also promoting planting of alternative crops to ensure food security, he continued.

The El Nino phenomenon is driving the prevailing dry spell nationwide.

This phenomenon involves unusual warming of sea surface temperature along the equatorial Pacific belt.

Areas affected by El Nino experience below-average rainfall, resulting in the dry spell. (PIA-Samar/PNA) [top]

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