W. Visayas farming communities to adopt climate-resilient practices

Published September 1, 2021, 3:57 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas region to adopt climate-resilient agriculture (CRA) practices to curb the impact of climate change to the region’s agricultural industry.

The LGUs in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod are urged to incorporate CRA practices during a recent climate information services (CIS) training.

“They were taught calculate site-specific climate information that will lead the farmers to determine the priority crops, stages of the crops versus the rainfall forecast,” said Chrystal Jane Almendralejo, DA Region 6’s specialist for CIS.

A farmer gathers unmilled rice that has been dried under the sun in Iloilo City. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

Almendralejo also discussed the features of the information system, such as the Seasonal Climate Outlook and Advisory (SCOA), highlighting the six months climate report, weather systems, rainfall forecasts.

The LGU agricultural offices were also urged to utilize the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) as a “climate information services is an early warning tool designed for farmers, fishers, and local government units (LGUs) to optimize weather information and advisories provided by the system their production and reduce losses.”