Farmers urged to start planting palay mid-June
TO MAXIMIZE IRRIGATION SYSTEM
THE Provincial Agriculture Office (PGO) has advised farmers to start sowing palay seeds not earlier than the second week of June this year.
Assistant provincial agriculturist Nestor Batalla said farmers can start planting their palay seeds next month to coincide with the release of irrigation water starting June 15 by the San Roque Power Corporation and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
Batalla urged farmers to wait a little longer to avoid losses due to the persisting dry season.
“According to the PAG-ASA, the wet season has not started. Although there is rain, it is not enough for crops that need sufficient amounts of water,” he added.
He said farmers are expected to plant on the 180 thousand hectares rice fields in the province this year.
“The first cropping targets at least 1.3 million metric tons of palay, equivalent to 180—percent which is abundant enough for the needs of the entire province,” he said.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has launched its flagship program called, Abig Pangasinan (Heal Pangasinan) to help Pangasinenses cope with the difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the program, farmers receive different farm inputs such as water pumps, sprayers, seedlings, fruit-bearing trees among others. (Jerick Pasiliao)
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