DA uses up P370.08M quick response fund for El Nino measures
The Department of Agriculture said it has used up its P370.08-million Quick Response Fund for El Nino mitigation measures in affected regions.
The DA said its Regional Field Offices (RFOs) provided interventions and strategies to the affected farmers as early as 2014, and continues to intensify mitigation efforts to protect farmers and fisherfolks.
It said it has allocated funds for small water impounding projects and diversion dams to help farmers produce water sources and in preparation for the onset of La Niña, which often follows El Niño episodes.
The DA lessons learned in dealing with El Nino include maximization of production in non-threatened areas, saving vulnerable areas through appropriate irrigation intervention or crop shifting using short gestation crops, massive information dissemination, and rehabilitation of vulnerable areas that cannot be saved.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said May is being celebrated as Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month while helping them cope with the effects of the dry weather.
He said the food that Filipinos eat should be credited to hardworking farmers and fishers.
“Thanks to their contributions, the country’s agri sector remains at par with other Asean nations,” Alcala said.
At the ARMM, farmers’ organizations were given P14.05 million worth of farm machineries and input as part of the celebration.