• Vizcaya farmers urged to adopt cropping pattern against drought

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    BAYOMBONG: Farmers in Nueva Vizcaya were told to observe “cropping pattern” to avoid huge losses especially during summer when there is insufficient water supply due to intermittent rain.

    Acting provincial agriculturist Alexander Domingo on Sunday said the recent experience of farmers in some villages in Solano and Quezon towns should serve as a lesson during drought.

    Domingo said farmers in Solano and Quezon insisted on planting rice varieties in December last year despite the projected insufficiency of water and irrigation during the summer season.

    “The low harvest was worsened by the prolonged drought and has resulted in huge losses. I hope that farmers have learned their lessons now that they are experiencing severe lack of water supply,” he said.

    Domingo said cropping pattern in Nueva Vizcaya is characterized by and based on rainfall which starts in May every year.

    “It is good that we still have rainfall in other parts of our province which favored our farmers, perhaps due to the forest cover of our mountains, but this is not so in the lowland where big areas of ricelands abound,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) office in Solano distributed five water pumps to enable farmers and local governments mitigate the effects of El Nino phenomenon.

    DA Solano chief Celerina Miranda said 14 municipalities will benefit from the water pumps.

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