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Mar 28, 2016 @ 2:38

DA: El Niño impact may be less than feared

Despite the strong El Niño affecting the country since September last year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is optimistic that only a small percentage decrease in production and yield will be felt.

From February 2015 to March 2016 about 313,356 hectares from combined rice and corn production areas were reportedly affected, which was significantly lower than the 917,053 hectares affected during the 2009-2010 dry spell, the DA said.

“The minimal damage, according to agri-experts, may be attributed to the prompt distribution of support and assistance, as well as the dissemination of information to farmers,” Agriculture chief Proceso Alcala said, stressing that farmers knew better now and opted not to plant crops that are most susceptible to drought.

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