La Niña a boon and bane until February 2017: FAO
La Niña will start affecting Southeast Asia next month and will stay until February 2017.
Businessmirror, quoting the Food and Agriculture Organization, reported that the Philippines will experience above average rainfall, with intensified downpours during the end of 2016 and the start of 2017.
The FAO report said the La Niña will be beneficial to crops and will relief to drought-affected areas.
However, it warned that the rains may cause flooding in the lowlands and raise the incidence of pest and farm diseases.
FAO urged governments to advise farmers on seed drying methods and storage, support agricultural extension services, and provide submergence-tolerant rice varieties.