Cloud seeding in Region 12 to counter impact of El Niño
In an effort to mitigate the impact of El Niño in farmlands affected by the dry spell, the Department of Agriculture regional office in SOCCSKSARGEN has ordered the implementation of cloud seeding operations in Sarangani and South Cotabato.
The office initially met with representatives of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) and Philippine Air Force to assess the level of damage brought by the weather phenomenon and determine which areas need to be included in the operations.
Cloud seeding, from the term itself, seeds clouds by spreading salt or dry ice which will help trigger precipitation.
Last January 22, 900 bags of salt have already arrived at Tambler Airport in GenSan to be used for the operations.
According to officials, 10 to 11 25-kilo bags of salt of are used per sortie. Cloud seeding are usually conducted from 10 am to 3 pm. Each cloud seeding flight costs P 40,000-P 45,000.
Because of the dry spell, DA Region 12 has already allotted P44 million to implement measures to counteract the impact of El Niño.
Among these measures are the distribution of seeds and other relief assistance that could help farmers aid their production activities and recover losses from the dry spell.
Farmers are also being equipped with awareness on how to protect their farmlands from damage wrought by the dry spell. (By: Angel Ong)