Farmers  urged to plant  drought-resistant crops for summer

  • April 20, 2017

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)



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