BAGUIO CITY- – The Department of Agriculture Cordillera-Cordillera has set aside a total of more than P62 million pesos for its mitigation measures for the El Nino.
Lorenzo Caranguian, DA-CAR regional director, said that even as the region is not greatly affected by the El Nino phenomenon, the agency continues to take precautionary measures for both vulnerable and non-vulnerable areas in the provinces.
The rice and corn producing provinces in the region like Abra, Apayao, Kalinga and Ifugao will be provided with certified and hybrid seeds which are proven resilient, he said.
Under the High Value Crops Development Program, Caranguian said, the agency will be providing seedling trays, coco coir dust, compost and plastic mulches.
In the livestock program, the agriculture department will be giving biologics including multi-vitamins, vaccines, antibiotics, and dewormers.
Aside from these, the department will also be providing agricultural equipment and technical support, he said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced the expected occurrence of drought due to the El Nino is up to May this year./JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR