Farmers adopt El Nino crops

Published March 27, 2019, 6:56 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Liezle Basa-Inigo

ROSALES, Pangasinan — The Samahan ng Industriya ng Magsasaka continues to encourage rice farmers in this province to planting other crops that can withstand the dry spell.

While farmers in this province have so far been spared the ravaging effects of El Niño, Samahan Chairman Rosendo So advised them to choose their crops carefully.

Farmers in Pangasinan are better off because they have turned to planting crops which do not need much water like corn, garlic and mongo.

Areas that are growing garlic are Umingan, Alaminos, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Pozorubio, Laoac, Urdaneta City, Rosales, Sta. Maria, Umingan, San Quintin, Balungao and Bayambang.

Weather experts warn that El Niño can cause drier and warmer conditions nationwide by April.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said 26 provinces could experience way-below normal rainfall and 57 provinces below-normal rainfall next month.