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Food waste reduction and efficient cultivation are promoted as El Nino approaches.

As it prepares for the potential agricultural repercussions of El Nino, the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) on Tuesday urged the public and farmers to adopt efficient farming.

BPI spokesperson Jose Diego Roxas informed attendees at the Laging Handa public briefing that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is keeping an eye on the issue and that the agencies are preparing for any potential consequences of drought.

Ating taumbayan, wag pong mag-alala… “The public shouldn’t worry… we are properly planning to resolve the effects of El Nino,” he said. “Kami naman po ay nagpaplano nang maayos para ho malutas ang maaaring maging epekto ng El Nino.”

As the preparations are being finalized, Roxas claimed that the DA has yet to detail its specific actions, but he mentioned the support that has been set up for farmers in light of potential effects on vegetable harvests.

“We also have the production support for areas that will be greatly impacted by El Nino, and we have a buffer stock of seeds for replanting if necessary,” he said. “El Nino will have a significant impact on these areas, and we have a buffer stock of seeds for replanting.”

He continued by saying that agricultural areas that are more likely to be less prone to drought would be improved in order to boost production and offset any potential yield decrease in the areas that are more susceptible.

Roxas emphasized the necessity of effective irrigation and agriculture as well.

“Utilizing natural resources wisely is key, including water, fertilizer, chemicals, and others. It’s preferable that we will practice precision farming. This means that the use of resources or input should be just right—neither more nor less—he continued.

According to him, farmers may also choose to grow climate-smart varieties during El Nino employing vegetables, corn, and palay produced by breeders that can endure even with reduced water allocation during heightened heat.

Roxas also invited the public to participate in the planning to aid authorities and farmers.

“To help, we should have proper consumption of food so that we can prevent waste due to excessive food consumption,” he continued. “Bilang tulong na lang din po ‘no, tamang consumption po ng ating mga pagkain nang sa ganoon, mabawasan po natin iyong mga sayang dulot po ng labis po na pagkonsumo ng pagkain.”

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