Onion production affected by El Niño in Ilocos
Not even through recovering from the damage wrought by typhoon Lando on their farmlands last year, onion farmers in Ilocos Norte are reeling from the impact of the El Niño phenomenon this year.
According to a report by “Unang Balita,” the extreme heat is threatening to bring down onion production from the province.
Ilocos farmers have expressed frustration that the fluctuating weather conditions will adversely affect their harvest much in the same way that the typhoon season affected their production last year.
Of late, farmers, particularly from the town of Pasuquin have complained that current climate conditions freeze onion leaves at dawn then scorches them because of the heat around noontime.
Aside from poorer production, the quality of bulbs are also affected by the weather phenomenon as they are smaller compared to earlier harvests.
The El Niño phenomenon has been affecting the Philippines since last year and is seen to persist until May, this year.
Thirty two provinces have been identified to be affected by the phenomenon including Isabela, Aurora, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Albay, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon in Luzon; Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental all in Western Visayas (Region VI); Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, all in Central Visayas (Region VII); Southern Leyte in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII).
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Southern Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan, Maguindanao, and Sulu are the most affected areas in Mindanao.