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PIA Press Release
2010/02/03

Agri officials keen to conquer El Nino

By MGrace Apuya

Davao del Norte (3 February) -- It may not be unlikely for the El Nino phenomenon to occur here, agriculture officials are keen in mitigating its effects.

Norlito Agduyeng, Department of Agriculture Region XI Technical Director for Operations, said that we experience mild to moderate effects of El Nino here in the region but there are only two provinces which get affected the most: Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental. However, "we are preparing for it," he said in vernacular.

"We will introduce an alternative," said Agduyeng referring to the "dry and wet irrigation system" in case water becomes inadequate to irrigate rice fields. This is aside from the Water Savings Technology which has been taught to farmers province-wide through the Farmer Field School, a learning tool that has been used by numerous Asian countries to increase crop production.

"Use of technology is the answer," said Alberto Maninding, Asst. Director for Operation of the Agricultural Training Institute, Manila, in his keynote speech during the recent Farmers Congress and Techno Forum held at Bulwagan, Government Center, Tagum City with the theme, "Moving Further Together Towards Sustainable Food Security."

Maninding did not only refer to technology as the answer to the changing climate, El Niņo at that, but also the solution to achieve sustainable food security by increasing first the supply of rice which we import from other countries such as Vietnam.

Given the challenges the climate change is posing as well as the growing number of world population, "there will come a time that we cannot anymore buy rice anywhere outside the Philippines," Maninding said, "so we have to fix our agriculture."

This is concurred by Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. in his message representing the Governor, Hon. Rodolfo del Rosario. "We concentrate on developing agriculture," Suaybaguio said. "Ang kahadlokan nato kanang mapasmo ta kay wala kitay gitanom," he added.

The said activity is made possible by the Provincial Agriculturist's Office headed by Dominador Encarnacion, Jr. and initiated by DavNor P4MP (Panglalawigan, Mannalon, Mag-uuma, Magbabaul, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas). It is the first ever Farmers Congress held in the country this year. (davnor PIO) [top]

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