TAGBILARAN CITY – It appears that there’s no other way to save and help the farmers in the province but to conduct an immediate cloud seeding as soon as possible even if some scattered rains were felt yesterday. This came as officials warned that farm yield in the coming planting season are threatened due to what appeared to be continuous dry spell as a result of the “weak El Nino.”
Officials of the Department of Agriculture regional office said in the report that if the dry spell that brings extreme heat in the entire province persists the farm output target may be in peril. This might be expected if the next cropping season is delayed, the state agency said.
“El Niño is the warming of the sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, triggering drought and dry spell.”
The provincial government is reportedly ready for the launching of cloud seeding in the coming days. Earlier, officer-in-charge Larry Pamugas of the Provincial Agriculurist Office said that cloud seeding would probably take place sometime in July since May may have experienced rainy days even if it’s summer.
Sec. Kiko Pangilinan on agriculture modernization in earlier inteview said that his office is willing to pitch help in cloud seeding.
Harvests from vast sea of seaweeds took a nose-dive that cost millions. In Bien-Unido, the seaweed capital of the region, its production decreased following its affectation when the super-typhoon “Yolanda” swept the plantation. In Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, an island municipality, reported that its seaweed plantation were damaged that worth millions of pesos.
Rice production of Bohol had dropped to some 255,053 mertic tons in 2014 from 256,405 MT in 2013, report quoted Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (BAS) as saying.
“The region’s farm output last year fell sharply by 3.02%, down from 6.74% growth in 2013. Production growth of agriculture’s sub-sectors all plunged, except for livestock which slightly grew by 0.15% last year from a growth of 0.08% in 2013,” NEDA said in a report.
And “Fisheries posted a double-digit drop of 14% in 2014. Production of crops and poultry dropped by 2.6% and 1.03%, respectively,” it said.
Probably the drop of yield in fishery contributes to high prices of fish in the market, NEDA said. According to NEDA, agriculture contributes about 8% to the regional economy. While industry and services account 36% and 56%, respectively.
NEDA Director Efren Carreon was quoted as saying that on account that many poor people are working in agriculture sector, agriculture contribution to the economy is “very critical.” He said that if the situation continues, “poverty will also rise.”