Iloilo farmers reminded to prepare for El Niño

The Iloilo Provincial Agriculture Office has reminded farmers to prepare for El Niño, a weather pattern associated with reduced rainfall.

Iloilo is among the provinces in the country that are likely to be affected by the weather phenomenon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Provincial agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo said they started disseminating information about the looming El Niño last month.

“The yield of our farmers will definitely be affected if they are unable to prepare for it.”

Toledo urged farmers to conserve water.

“Water conservation is very important. Let’s more conscious about our usage,” he said.

Toledo assured that their office is ready to help farmers who will be affected by El Niño.

El Niño is expected to go “full-blown” within the first quarter of the year.

“Weak El Niño is present in the tropical Pacific; with this development, the PAGASA ENSO Alert System is now upgraded to El Nińo Advisory. Varying impacts may occur,” the state weather bureau said in its latest advisory.IMT