City gov’t spearheads El Niño infocar

The city government spearheads the conduct of the El Niño Information Caravan, a proactive approach to help enhance resilience and sustainability of the agriculture sector amidst the persisting dry spell.

Mayor John Dalipe joined the City Agriculturist Office in the rollout of the information drive February 29 for farmers and fisherfolk under the Sta. Maria Agricultural District, emphasizing its significance in safeguarding the livelihood and food security in the affected areas.

The info caravan kicked off February 20 until Feb. 29 and covered all the 6 agricultural districts in the city. It included discussions on the El Niño phenomenon, mitigation plans and programs, fisheries and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) among others.

The City Agriculturist Office (CAO) conceptualized the info car to enable farmers to implement appropriate adaptation strategies, such as adjusting planting schedules, selecting drought-resistant crop varieties, and implementing water-
saving irrigation techniques.

Additionally, the caravan may offer guidance on accessing support services, resources, and assistance programs available to mitigate the impacts of El Niño on agricultural production, according to the CAO.

“By equipping farmers with valuable information and resources, the El Niño Information Caravan helps enhance the resilience and sustainability of the agricultural sector, ultimately safeguarding livelihoods and food security in affected communities,” the CAO added.

The info car was held in Tictapul (Feb. 20), Curuan (Feb. 21), Manicahan (Feb. 22), Culianan (Feb. 27) and Talisayan )Feb. 28) (Sheila Covarrubias)