OVER P8 million worth of equipment, fertilizer, seeds and other materials were distributed to farmers during last week’s 11th Farmer-Scientists Congress organized by the Cebu provincial government under its Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP). This year’s gathering was attended by about 2,000 farmers who listened to lectures focusing on resiliency and climate-smart agriculture. Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, quoted in a statement from the provincial information office, said during the congress: “We continue to honor our commitment to help improve the lives of our farmers by continuously providing you with new knowledge, skills and technical know-how to become better farmers.” The FSTP, conceptualized by Ramon Magsaysay awardee Dr. Romulo G. Davide, is a banner program of the provincial government.
Meanwhile, Cebu may experience dry weather conditions in the coming months and the possibility of an El Niño phenomenon is high, according to state weather bureau PAGASA. PAGASA-Visayas chief Alfredo F. Quiblat, Jr. said on Sunday that the latest weather analysis indicates that ocean temperatures have exceeded the warm thresholds. “This event is an indication that there are higher chances that an El Niño event may occur if not this December, maybe in the first quarter of 2019,” he told The Freeman over a phone interview. An El Niño phenomenon occurs when there is an unusual warming of the ocean temperatures in the Pacific, affecting air and sea currents. According to PAGASA, the end months of 2018 is most likely seen as the transition period towards the development of an El Niño occurrence. — with a report from The Freeman