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Siquijor prepares measures for El Nino

CEBU CITY, FEB. 27 – The island-province of Siquijor is putting up measures to lessen El Nino’s adverse effects, particularly on farming.

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) of Siquijor said the provincial government has set aside P300,000 from its development fund for the rehabilitation of irrigation canals in Capalasanan, Lazi as conservative measures to maintain water source for almost 60 hectares of farmland.

Another P1.3 million irrigation project will be implemented soon in Sitio Candavoc, Cangmunag, San Juan, funded by the congressional allocation of Siquijor Rep. Orlando Fua Sr.

According to Engineers Emigdio Coritico and Jinky Wenceslao, irrigation, infrastructure and postharvest coordinators, the projects will be implemented according to plan.

The Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) and the OPA are complementing their personnel task force in assessing water resources within the province to assure that conservative measures and utilization of available water is optimized to support the farmers’ needs particularly a long drought.

Past El Nino episodes in the country incurred staggering losses in agriculture, fisheries and environment.

Its adverse effects include environmental threats like soil degradation, domestic water supply shortage that cause significant reduction in farm productivity and even health problems.

According to the OPA, drought caused significant damage to rice and corn, livestock and fisheries in the past years of El Nino in Siquijor province.

Meanwhile, Bernadith Tabada, head of the Provincial Veterinarian Office (PVO) said that their office was intensifying measures to counter El Nino’s adverse effects on livestock and poultry.

She said that the office has outreach services to the public through ambulatory clinic, which offers free vaccinations to livestock as well as deworming animals.

She also said that the OPV was conducting a province-wide information drive which focused on formulation, preservation and utilization of indigenous feeds. (PNA) RMA/EB/PIA-Siquijor/re

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