Bohol eyes cloud seeding to combat dry spell

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2019 07:30 PM

Local officials in Bohol will conduct cloud seeding operations in May to help local farmers who are affected by the dry spell.

"This will also prepare the ground for the wet season," said Bohol Agriculturist Larry Pamugas. 

Many of the rice fields in Bohol that have undergone a third cycle of cropping are affected by the dry spell. Cracked soil and withered plants are common sights. 

Most of the farmers have complained that due to drought, they won't reach break even, and will lose the money they invested for the rice they planted. Rice quality may also be substandard.

Most rice fields in Bohol have no irrigation and are dependent on rain.

The state weather bureau said May would be the best month for cloud seeding because of cloud availability.

The government has allotted P2.3 million for the cloud seeding.

Aside from cloud seeding, the local government will also distribute hybrid seeds so farmers can grow crops that need less water. 

Authorities are also also looking into providing alternative livelihood for the farmers.