Farmers’ livelihood ruined by climate change
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that when it comes to climate change, which ruins the livelihood of the farmers, there’s very little the government could do.
This, as he shares the same sentiment with them as a farmer.
“I went home this weekend to get a much-needed rest and excited to see my Lanzones, Mangosteen and Rambutan fruit trees which last week showed a promise of a bountiful harvest. This morning, my spirit sank when I saw the fruits of my S2 Rambutan variety strewn on the ground while those still clinging to the branches were all cracked,” Piñol said.
According to him, an untimely rain fell just as the fruits were ripening and the tree sucked up the excess water and sent it to the fruits causing these to crack because of excess liquid.
“So, one year of waiting to enjoy the sweet Rambutan was rendered meaningless because the rains came at the wrong time,” Piñol said.
“Looking at the crackef fruits scattered on the ground, I asked myself how an ordinary farmer who depends on his fruit trees must be feeling had this happened to him,” he added.
He then said Climate Change could really hurt agriculture. This, since when the rains come at the wrong time and cause floods, farmers suffer and when rains do not fall for six months, they suffer just the same.
“There is hardly anything government could do to address this problem except increase the coverage of the Philippine Crop Insurance and teach farmers climate resilient technology,” he further said.