KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 20 (PIA) -- With the temperature on the high, the City Agriculture Office here has urged farmers to plant crops that are resilient to drought as the summer season intensifies.
Ma. Emelita Miguel, city agriculturist, said with the summer season at its height, farmers, particularly rice growers should “allow their farms some time-out period” during this time when water supply is limited.
Instead of the regular crops, farmers may plant mongo, string beans and similar crops that can withstand inadequate irrigation, she said, emphasizing further that besides providing income these leguminous crops could also fertilize the farms.
Miguel assured that although its summer, farmers here are safe as more than 70 percent of rice production areas in the city have been harvested.
She is also confident that growers here are skilled in assessing conditions whether it is still safe to plant primary crops since they have been trained on water program of the National Irrigation Administration and other trainings provided by City Agriculture Office and other agencies.
Among the priorities of the administration of city mayor Peter Miguel is the promotion of organic farming.
Just recently, the city government has expanded its incentive program for farmers who practice organic agriculture by increasing the additional financial benefits for every kilogram of organic product produced.
On top of its earning from raising organically-grown swine, a farmer receives P20/kg as additional benefit.
Organic vegetable growers also receive additional pay of P10/kg of leafy vegetable and P2/kg of fruit vegetables such as squash and the like that they have sold in market of their choice.
In an earlier interview, Mayor Miguel bared that he wants Koronadal City ro be recognized as organic agriculture capital. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)