Fish ponds, irrigation canals drying up in Ilocos Norte
Officials in Ilocos Norte are trying to save fingerlings and crops as fish ponds and irrigation canals dry up in the North, where temperature is much higher than the rest of Luzon.
The Philippine News Agency reported that officials in the Laoag City Fish Nursery are pumping water into their fish ponds to save the fingerlings.
Aleli Martin, city agriculture officer, said the fingerlings are supposed to be distributed to local fishermen as part of the city’s Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program.
If the water level continues to go down, she said the fingerlings could be transferred to a fish cage in the river.
Farmers in Ilocos Norte are also reportedly getting alarmed by the lack of water in their irrigation canals.
The Ilocos Norte Water District is reportedly starting to prepare for a possible water shortage.