Posted April 21, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is putting in place measures that will reduce rice production risks due to El Niño, especially in upland and rain-fed areas.
DA Aklan Head William Castillo said that although El Niño is here, “we are prepared and it will not turn out to be the sum of all our fears.”
He assured the public that the department is prepared for the effects of the prevailing mild El Niño in the province of Aklan even as it praised farmers who have meticulously conserved water ahead of the weather phenomenon that is expected to extend the dry season.
El Niño, the irregular rise in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean, is accompanied by below average rainfall.
Over the past few months, Castillo assumed that they has been calling on farmers and the general public to conserve water as a precautionary measure in case the country experiences a prolonged dry spell.
“It is wise and nice that farmers conserved water. It made them ready,” he said.
Meanwhile, DA and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) are now working hand in hand to completely prepare this dry season.