PAO: Farmers Should be Science, Techology-oriented

ILOILO CITY, July 4 (PIA) — The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) here encouraged farmers to utilize science and technology to help manage their farms amid the threat of climate change.

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In a forum led by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-6 held recently in Leon, Iloilo, PAO chief Dr. Ildefonso Toledo said that farmers should use science and technology to improve the yield potential of their crops in spite of the ever-changing weather.

“This is the time for our farmers to become scientific farmers,” he said.

He said that utilizing weather forecast and information from PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) can help farmers properly manage farm problems such as climate-change related threats, pest infestation and inputs provision for their crops.

PAO has implemented adaptation strategies to ease the threat of climate change including the utilization of drought, submergence, and saline-tolerant varieties and the strengthening of the establishment of rainwater-harvesting structures.

He said that the Climate Field School (CFS) has been utilizing a climate forecast application to reduce disaster risk and be able to adapt to climate variability and climate change.

“This is the first and only one in the Philippines,” he said.

He added that organic-based agriculture is also a major thrust for the province. The program comprised of modified-rapid composting, balance fertilization strategy, and vermin-composting. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

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