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PIA Press Release
2010/02/27

Kalinga OAS proposes long-term solutions for drought

Tabuk City, Kalinga (27 February) -- The Provincial Office of Agricultural Services (OAS) here is proposing for better and long term solutions to lessen the impact of long dry spells which would again possibly occur in the future as a consequence of the climate change.

Kalinga Provincial Agriculturist Gerardo Jose said that instead of the temporary cloud seeding which he said is very expensive and yet it does not assure lasting and sufficient rainfall, the OAS will ask the Department of Agriculture regional office to deliver farm implements and equipments that would help farmers source out water from the ground for their farms.

He said that OAS-Kalinga is opting to utilize the province's share in the El Niņo fund for the installation of shallow tube wells, water pumps, wind mills, overhead irrigation, diversion dams and spring development, depending on the need and feasibility of the project in a particular agricultural area.

Aside from measures to save crops from being damaged, the OAS is also considering the funding for its plant disease and pest control measures and monitoring which he said is one of the foreseen problems as a consequence of the prolonged dry spell.

He said that due to the El Nino phenomenon, Kalinga has reported a total crop damage of Php99,580,451.00 where final report on corn damages reflects a P81,700,811.00 production loss. High Value Commercial Crops lost P10,214,640.00 and rice producers from the different parts of the province reported an estimated P7,665,000.00 crop damages.

OAS Designate Planning Officer Caesar Lagon said that their office is currently implementing rehabilitation measures for farmers affected by the recent Typhoons Ondoy and Peping. Said calamity assistance consisting of seed subsidies he said were just received by their office last January from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

He said that for this year's long drought, aside from farm implements and facilities, the rehab plan would also include the provision of seed subsidy for the affected farmers all throughout the province.

In a call to help lessen the impact of climate change, Jose said that aside from government agencies, farmers and the community should also take part in protecting the environment and help sustain and preserve the province's water sources and forest areas. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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