The Negros Occidental Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is advising dry spell-affected farmers to plant recommended crops that can withstand the drought.
“If they have even just little a water source, they can still plant crops that have short maturity periods instead of planting rain fed rice since the soil cracks still exist despite the rain showers last week,” Carlito Indencia, OPA senior agriculturist, said yesterday.
Farmers can plant short maturity vegetables such as squash that needs less water and can be harvested after 45 to 50 days, Indencia said.
Rice must not be planted as it requires a lot of water to fill the paddies is shallow rooted and takes up to four months to yield, he added.
Indencia said short maturity crops can be sustained by artisan wells, adding that they have proposed in previous strategy meetings that farmers can be hired and turn well digging into a cash-for-work program.
Meanwhile, OPA has not yet received any reports on pests amid rains last week, Indencia also said.*KBC
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