DA urges farmers to shift to cassava, ube during El Nino
The agriculture department has urged farmers to shift their crops from rice to cassava, purple yam, and other root crops to ensure that their livelihood during the El Nino.
In a statement released today, the agriculture department said government is campaigning for a temporary change in crops and replacing rice which requires huge amounts of water to root crops and legumes that do not require as much water.
The agriculture department said its regional offices in provinces that are already experiencing long bouts of dry spell have started to distribute cassava planting materials to farmers and other vegetable seeds.
The Bureau of Soils and Water Management has started its cloud seeding operations which the agriculture department said has been successful.
For those who still want to plant rice, the agriculture department has recommended 13 varieties that it said are drought resistant. One such variety is the NSIC Rc192 which yields 3.7 metric tons per hectare and has a maturity of 106 days.
The other varieties are: PSB Rc14 (Rio Grande) • PSB Rc68 (Sacobia); NSIC Rc272 or Sahod Ulan 2; NSIC Rc274 or Sahod Ulan 3; NSIC Rc276 or Sahod Ulan 4; NSIC Rc278 or Sahod Ulan 5; NSIC Rc280 or Sahod Ulan 6; NSIC Rc282 or Sahod Ulan 7; NSIC Rc284 or Sahod Ulan 8; NSIC Rc286 or Sahod Ulan `9; NSIC Rc288 or Sahod Ulan 10; NSIC Rc346 or Sahod Ulan 11; and NSIC Rc348 or Sahod Ulan 12. (By:Eileen A. Mencias)