Organic farms more vulnerable to La Niña
Organic farmers in Negros Occidental were advised to fix the drainage systems in their farms in preparation for the La Niña.
The Philippine News Agency, quoting Armigenia Benedicto of the provincial agriculture office, said organic farms are more adversely affected by the heavy rains brought about by the La Niña due to water run-off.
Benedicto said organic crops fare better during dry weather because organic matter improves the land’s water-holding capability.
However, water easily drains in organic farms during the wet season, and vegetables are very vulnerable because of their soft roots and stems.
She said poor drainage systems result in flooding and huge losses for organic farmers.