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Veggie farmers feel effects of global warming

by RG Alama

Davao City (22 January) -- Abnormal weather patterns are one of the symptoms of global warming and vegetable farmers are feeling the effects of it.

Ray Acain, president of the Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao or Vicsmin says that climate change is already affecting the production of vegetable farmers in the region.

Speaking before members of the Davao media at the weekly Club 888 media forum at Marco Polo Davao held last January 20. Acain said that there is a recorded decrease in vegetable production this January.

The fall in production was due to drier than expected weather in October and November when normally it falls within the rainy season.

In their El Niņo Advisory 4 released last December of 2009, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stated that el niņo condition continues to strengthen as reflected by the oceanic and atmospheric anomalies in the equatorial pacific and are likely to persist at least into early 2010.

The advisory also bared that most areas of southern Mindanao had experienced below normal rainfall condition in the month of November.

With the onslaught of the weather condition, Acain said that the council is coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to counteract the effects of el niņo among the many vegetable farmers in the region.

The council plans to meet with farmers and evaluate what is needed by them which the results they would submit to the DSWD. (PIA XI) [top]

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