DAVAO CITY – The City Agriculturist Office (CAO) has readied help to farmers who will be affected by El Niño this year.
The CAO has proposed a 60 million budget and a tactical plan as a preparation for the expected drought in 2016.
“We have already prepared our tactical plan with regards to that and we have submitted it to our City Disaster and Risk Reduction Council (CDRRC) and Department of Agriculture (DA),” said Roselio Tabay, the City Agriculture Office Chief.
Tabay said the budget will be used to procure mobile irrigation facilities, to repair dams and to conduct cloud seeding.
Southern Mindanao is among the regions expected to experience drought or 3 consecutive months of way-below normal rainfall condition in the 2nd quarter of 2016 according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The budget will be sourced out from the calamity fund set aside by the city.
Tabay said their agency coordinated with other government agencies to provide help for the farmers while the budget is yet to be released.
The farmers and the fishermen were also encouraged to continuously prepare for the effects of the drought this year.
“Ako lang pud pahinumdom sa ang atong mga kaubang mag uuma ug mangingisda nga siguro dili lang ta mabalaka aning kalamidad particular sa El Niño. Mananom lang gihapon ta, ilabi na katong mga daplin sa sapa ug adunay source sa tubig,” said Tabay.
(I just would like to remind our farmers and fishermen not to worry about the effects of El Niño. Continue to plant especially to those who are near the streams and other sources of water.)
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