CCC, DA, to prepare plans on effects of climate change
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Authorities of the Climate Change Commission and the Department of Agriculture recently met to devise plans to aid the agricultural sector in coping with the effects of climate change, Visayan Daily Star reported.
DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol asked the help of CCC officials managed by Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman and Commissioners Noel Gaerlan and Frances Veronica Victorio in setting off initiatives aimed at attaining food sufficiency amidst climate change.
During the meeting at CCC headquarters in Malacañang, Piñol showed numerous projects that he wants to implement to make local agriculture climate change-resilient, which mostly involves water conservation and management.
The programs include the vegetable production in some urban areas under the program of “Vegetable Gardens in the City”, Family-Based Agro-Forestry Program and setting up of solar-powered irrigation services in remote villages.
DA’s projects under Piñol, he said, are likewise in line with the CCC’s campaign for climate justice by promoting convergence of national and local agencies to protect the poorest and most vulnerable sectors including farmers, from climate change.
“Can you imagine if we are able to say plant two million hectares, that’s one million families which would earn a big sum within the next five years, eight years. At the same time, we will be able to reforest a vast area effectively,” Piñol said.
CCC officials will join DA officials when they inspect a potential site of the pilot execution of the project next week, in Samar province, the report said.