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Samar experienced only water stress not El Niño said Provincial Agriculturist

By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
April 10, 2010

CATBALOGAN CITY  –  Provincial Agriculturist Anita Taran denied earlier reports that Samar province experienced the weather phenomenon El Niño.

In a radio program aired at Paradise FM, at the 34th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, Barangay Erenas, San Jorge, Taran explained to PIA (program host) that the four to six weeks without rain in Samar province is just a condition called water stress.

“If you travel from Calbayog to Basey, all you see is still green, it will be different with El Niño,” she stressed.

Taran recalled the drought in 1997 which she considers then a ‘real’ El Niño.

The pretty lady agriculturist proudly beamed that this cropping season, Samar even recorded an increase in rice production being only second to Leyte province.

She pointed out data from the Samar Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) headed by Zalde Anacta that from a production of last year’s the same given period from January to March with some 28,059 metric tons to this year, with the same period of some 30,201 metric tons.

Taran though admitted that some crops were damaged, but justified so because they planted late, thus the dry spell catching up.

“For most farmers, who planted early, the dry spell coincided with the drying schedule so that the palay is dryer and the quality is better’” the agriculturist beamed.

Taran expressed appreciation for Samarnon farmers who have labored through the years.

“Not only is our production increasing but so with yield per hectare“, she said.

Comparing two similar periods January to March last year and this year, yield per hectare increased from 2.11 to 2.27 metric tons.

“The increase may not be very much but it is still an increase“, Taran concluded. (PIA-Samar)