South Cotabato farmers prepare for planting
The South Cotabato provincial government will start handing out certified seeds and seedlings to farmers affected by the drought after the May 9 elections.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) quoted Justina Navarrete, provincial agriculturist, as saying that a list of beneficiaries has been prepared and will be used as basis in the relief operations.
Navarrete said the provincial government has readied certified rice and corn seeds, vegetable seeds, coconut seedlings and other production inputs but only one sack of certified seeds could be given per hectare.
South Cotabato has been suffering from a dry spell for seven months.
But intensive cloud seeding operations have brought moderate to heavy rains this week, which makes it conducive to start land preparation.
South Cotabato declared a state of calamity on March 21, with 9,380 farmers and at least 11,011 hectares of rice, corn, high value crops and inland fish ponds affected