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PIA Press Release
2007/09/07

Dry spell moderate in Negros Oriental

Dumaguete City (7 September) -- The Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO) here has already started the massive greening project to combat the moderate dry spell affecting the production of the province's agricultural crops.

The project is in line with the greening project being undertaken by the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the aim of planting one million trees in watersheds and rehabilitate small water impounding works in farm areas across the country.

This is in the hope of countering the adverse effects of seasonal dryness and dry spells on agricultural production in the future.

In Negros Oriental, the Barangay Agricultural Development Centers (BADCE) in 100 barangays in the province will spearhead the massive greening campaign.

The BADCE serves as the umbrella of agricultural development of promoting greening program, livestock and crops production in the province, Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca said.

The current dry spell, although moderate, has affected crop production in the province.

Paltinca said that they have already distributed fruit trees seedlings such as durian, mango, and lansones to local farmers here.

From the month of July to August, the weather in the province has been erratic. Farmers were expecting rain during these months, but instead a heat wave has transpired, he said.

He cited the two dams in Zamboanguita town as an example of the dry spell's dire effect in the province, as the dam's water level has noticeably dipped. (PIA) [top]

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