Farmers’ organizations to receive P20-M worth of equipment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2019   •   2014

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) will be giving P20 million worth of equipment to farm organizations.

This is based on the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) under Republic Act (RA) 11203 or the rice tariffication law. Philmech will receive P5 billion out of the P10 billion fund.

According to Philmech Director Baldwin Jallorina, out of the P5 billion, P20 million will be used to purchase farming equipment.

“Magbibigay tayo ng preparation equipment, dalawang traktora apat na hand traktor tapos isang riding type trans-planter tapos combine harvester may mga dryers (We will provide preparation equipment, two tractors, four hand tractor, a riding type trans-planter and combine harvester. There are also dryers to be distributed),” he said during 41st anniversary of Postharvest Development and Mechanization of Philmech.

Farmers like Petronio Lasete Jr. said they will greatly benefit from the said equipment.

“Iyon pong mga bagong teknolohiya na makina na magagamit namin at maituturo sa kapwa ko magsasaka palagay ko po mas mainam at makakatipid nga sa gastusin ng magsasaka, (We can use the modern technology and even train other farmers. I think it is better and cheaper for farmers),” he said.

Philmech said they are only awaiting the budget from the government this year in order to begin the program.

PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.

This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.

During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.

But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.

The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.

This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).

With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Agri damage almost P8-B due to El Niño—NDRRMC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 3, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported almost P8 billion worth of agricultural damage due to El Niño.

The NDRRMC’s report, released on Friday (May 3), estimated that agricultural damages went up to P7.962 billion. The affected areas include Regions CAR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, Vl, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and BARMM.

READ: More areas under state of calamity due to effects of El Niño

There are currently 43 local government that declared a state of calamity due to the severe drought.

El Niño damage to PH agriculture P4.35B

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 1, 2019

Hectares of dried-up rice fields affected by 2019 El Niño

MANILA, Philippines – In just over a week, the impact of El Niño on the country’s agriculture has already reached P4.35 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center (DA-DRRM-OPCEN) on Monday (April 1).

The amount translates to an estimated volume of 233,007 metric tons of produce and 149,494 hectares of damaged agricultural areas.

The phenomenon has affected 138,859 farmers and fisherfolks, according to authorities, although field validation is still on-going in the affected regions.

To address the problem, the DA’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has allocated a total of P95.875M financial assistance under the Survival and Recovery Assistance Program to help about 3,835 affected farmers.

The DA said the processing of documents for areas declared under State of Calamity due to El Niño such as Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Negros Occidental are now ongoing.

As of this writing, the agency said three cloud seeding sorties have been accomplished out of the 75 planned sorties to be done until May 2019.

Pre-cloud seeding operations are being conducted with the Philippine Air Force in Regions XI and XII.

The total amount allocated for the conduct of the cloud seeding, according to the agency, is P4.185 million. – Marje Pelayo

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