BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Agriculture Cordillera has set aside more than P62 million pesos for its mitigation measures to cushion the effects of El Niño in the region.
Lorenzo Caranguian, DA-CAR regional director, said that even as the region is not greatly affected by the dry spell, 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 provide 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.
The DA-CAR 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 brought about by El Nino is up to May this year.