Piñol seeks update on 40-year old soil maps: Naluma na nang panahon
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol was shocked at the Department of Agriculture’s use of 40-year old data on soil mapping and has ordered the Bureau of Soil and Water Management to submit a project proposal for a national soil testing that he wants done in 45 days.
“In the first briefing I received from officials of the Department of Agriculture, I found out that the soils analysis data used by the department in waging a war against hunger were actually gathered over 40 years ago,” Piñol said. The briefing was meant to present the department’s recommendations on dealing with climate change, indicating the areas suitable to specific crops.
“When the presenter started showing which areas would be suitable to rubber trees, I knew there was something wrong with the data. Indeed, when I confronted them with questions on the accuracy of their data, they admitted that these are based on soil samplings done in the late 1970s,” Piñol said.
He could not stress the importance of national soil sampling enough. He said it is crucial in determining the crops suitable in a specific area based on soil components and fertility and it would also guide the department and farmers in determining the nutrients the soil needs.
“I would like everything to be completed in 45 days,” Piñol said of the national soil sampling project. “What many have waited for 40 years to happen will have to be done within that short period of time because when the next planting season comes, I would like the farmers to be able to determine what crops to grow in their farms and what fertilizer to apply and use.”
“Success in agriculture is all about correct data, right strategy, and immediate action,” he added.