NIA, DA in CALABARZON prepare for possible effects of El Niño

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 15:45

Pila, Laguna - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IV-A and the Department of Agriculture RFO 4-A are holding a collaborative meeting to discuss the potential impacts of El Niño on agricultural production in CALABARZON and to tackle the Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2).

The main objective of the meeting is to develop a collaborative plan of action to mitigate the effects of El Niño on local farmers and the region's commodity supply.

In his message, Engineering and Operations Division Manager Erwin Lucela highlights the importance of convergence meeting as it promotes harmonization of effort towards agricultural productivity.

“Magandang pagkakataon ito para ang ating mga Ahensiya ay mas maayos na matulungan ang ating mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan sa mga programa sa agrikultura”, he said.

The meeting will also focus on identifying Irrigators Associations (IAs) that can be clustered and assessed for potential enterprise development. By working together, the two agencies hope to create a comprehensive action plans that will provide support and resources to affected farmers in the region.

DA 4A Division Chief of Field Operations Ms. Redeliza Gruezo shared that this convergence program forms a critical component of the Agency's Regional Action Plan for the Agriculture sector in CALABARZON. The initiative also aims to support the Masagana Rice Programa, a national government-led program that promotes rice production in the country.

“Isa pang kailangan natin paghandaan ay ang magiging epekto ng El Niño dito sa ating Rehiyon. Kaya naman asahan natin ang mga susunod pang mga coordination meeting para masuportahan ang ating magsasaka”, she added.

Regional Manager Wilson Lopez expresses his appreciation towards the DA for their ongoing collaboration with the NIA. RM Lopez acknowledged the positive impact of this partnership to achieve better outcomes on the agricultural sector.

“Hindi tayo pwede mabuhay ng solo dapat collaborative talaga yung maging approach natin sa mga problema natin sa agrikultura”, he emphasized.

With the threat of El Niño looming, it is crucial for these agencies to come together and find ways to protect the agricultural sector and the livelihoods of local farmers. This meeting marks a significant step towards developing a strategic plan that can help mitigate the impacts of El Niño and ensure the continued growth and success of the agricultural industry in CALABARZON.

Present during the meeting were key personnel and officials of NIA and DA.

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