Rain starts to fall in N. Mindanao
Finally, rain has started falling in Northern Mindanao, one of the regions parched by drought and dry spells.
The Department of Agriculture said the showers, which began in April 7, are due to cloud seeding operations.
Engr. Henry Cacayan, the Cloud Seeding team leader of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), said the continuation of the cloud seeding operations is expected to bring down the warm temperature in the region.
Cagayan said the cloud seeding is the continuation of the 45 hours of inducing artificial rain which was temporarily suspended before Holy Week. The projects costs P2.4 million.
At least 15 bags of 25 kilos of salt are loaded for every flight during the operation.
“This will also help increase the water level in the irrigation dams that will provide water to the standing crops, especially to our staple crop – rice,” Cagayan said.
“If the warm temperature will continue, another 60 hours CSO is still on the pipeline. The additional operation is worth P3.5 million, to be funded by DA-Office of the Secretary,” he added.
The DA advised farmers to carry on with land preparation, and wait for enough moisture before planting. This will help sterilize the land and allow nutrients of the soil to rejuvenate.