Think before you plant, Ilocos farmers urged

September 2, 2015 6:01 am 

By Leilanie G. Adriano

LAOAG CITY, Sept 1 (PNA) –Farmers living in highly-vulnerable areas, with washed-out dikes, silted rivers and farmlands are strongly advised to rethink first, before sowing the remaining seeds of hope and probably, sustain its growth until the next harvest.

As residents here greatly depend on the agriculture sector, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte through Governor Imee Marcos has urged farmers here to carefully consider and assess the risks should they be able to sustain the growth of hybrid rice seeds or try to minimize it by planting immediate cash crops such as Chinese kangkong and beans instead that are easier to grow and can withstand erratic weather condition.

Following recent typhoon’s aftermath, totally destroying some 85 hectares of farmlands, leaving over Php 71 million greatest damage to rice sector, followed by Php6.4 million to high value crops, corn at Php 4.5 million and fisheries at Php 4.8 million, the Provincial Agriculture Office said about 1,500 seeds from the Department of Agriculture are underway to augment the 3,150 hybrid and inbred seeds available for the next planting season.

However, as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasted worst typhoons are still up for the months of September and October, the governor urged farmers to decide wisely and plant more resilient crops as possible.

“There is a complete rethinking right now because our dikes, spillways, water containment are damaged and our farmers are scared to plant right away,” said Marcos in a media interview.(PNA)



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