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May 4, 2016 @ 2:30

Davao Sur farmer weathers El Niño by leveling field

Despite the scarcity of water due to El Niño, it’s farming as usual for Lyndon Basilio, a rice farmer in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

Although his town was badly hit by the prolonged dry spell, his land preparation went on schedule, as the even and wider terrain of his farm allows him to plow and harrow the field sans the use of irrigation water.

“Usually, farmers inundate their fields for three days to make it easier for laborers to plow and harrow it. This practice requires huge amount of water and cannot be done when there is El Niño,” Basilio said.

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