RFAC: Agriculture, fishery sectors in Western Visayas must become climate resilient

ILOILO CITY – The Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC)-6 urged the agriculture and fishery sectors in Western Visayas to become climate resilient with the problems caused by climate change.


DA-6 Director Jose Albert Barrogo (right) turns over the banner of responsibility to Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC)-6 chairperson Buen S. Mondejar.  (DA-6)


“We have to mainstream climate resiliency in our practices,” said Buen Mondejar, new chairperson of the RAFC-6, a multi-sectoral advisory council to the Department of Agriculture-6.

Mondejar emphasized the need to adopt regenerative farming practices in all priority commodities such as rice, corn, high-value crops, organic, livestock, as well as marine and seafood products.

The push for climate resiliency came as the region is reeling from the negative impact of flooding in some areas from intermittent rainfall  from May 2 to 4.

During its regular meeting, the RAFC-6 discussed the El Niño forecast and the weather phenomenon’s effect on farmers, allocation of hybrid rice seeds for Iloilo province, buffer stocking for LGUs, collaboration with Agri-Fishery Councils (AFCs) in the province and municipalities for project identification and endorsement, market-driven production, and the need to establish a trading post for buying corn from farmers.