This will ensure farmers boost food security through irrigation instead of relying on rainfed
The amount of fuel spent in the preparation phase during the months of May and June totaled 236,000 cubic meters, of which about 53,000 cubic meters alloted for the rainfed
sector and 172,480 cubic meters for the irrigated sector, revealing existence of a shortage of seeds.
In addition, in is expected that about 800 hectares of rainfed
land will be reclaimed.
BLB is a rice disease prevalent during wet season in both rainfed
and irrigated conditions.
M'lang town Vice Mayor Joselito Pinol said the affected villages were mainly rainfed
, while others were drawing water from the irrigation canal that had already dried up due to the severe temperature that started to be felt starting the last week of January.
He said communities were concerned about the change in rain patterns, which affected farmers most of whom practiced rainfed
farming as opposed to irrigation.
He said the area to be served by the solar-powered irrigation systems are rainfed
areas where farmers harvest only once a year and produce only 3 metric tons per hectare.
Besides, drought resulting from climate change will particularly affect rainfed
cereal crops, which will increase from an average of 1.5 million hectares to an average of one million hectares in 2030, a drop of about 30 %.
However if one goes deeper, the high-yield, low-cost producing provinces are in fact those with large areas under irrigation or those provinces with proportionately more irrigated than rainfed
and upland rice farms.
Adequate soil moisture is indispensible for better crop harvests whereas lack of ample soil humidity at critical development stages of crop commonly grown in rainfed
areas, limits crop productivity.
A common characteristic is their economic reliance on the agricultural sector (44% of employment and 19% of value added on average), which is typically not irrigated and is thus rainfed
. Conditions in the agriculture sector drive food security, spending power and growth in other sectors.'