Benguet farmers welcome rain after drought wilts crops

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 17 2019 06:10 PM | Updated as of Mar 17 2019 07:21 PM

Farmers are hopeful that the light rains in the past two days will save their crops from the drought in La Trinidad, Benguet.

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It was in December when it last rained on the town’s lettuce and strawberry farms.

“Mabagal lumaki. 'Yung iba namatay kasi kulang 'yung tubig na pandilig,” Alpha Lokino, a lettuce farmer, said.

Lokino had to slash P600 to P700 from her family’s budget to have water delivered for the crops.

The water nearby was not enough to irrigate the crops.

During yesterday’s rain, the farmers were able to fill drums with water for future consumption.

Violeta Badio, a 63-year-old farmer, said the leaves of her strawberry plants are starting to wilt because of the heat. It has also slowed down the growth of the fruits.

The local government is now thinking of solutions in case it would take time before it rains again.

“Siguro 'yung mga deep wells namin, 'yun ang i-establish saka may project naman ang DA (Department of Agriculture). 'Yung mga ibang farmers they distributed reservoir tank,” La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said.

As of now, there have been no reports of major agricultural losses in the vegetable-producing town because of the drought.