Samar experienced only
water stress not El Niño said Provincial Agriculturist
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
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
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
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
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.