PANTABANGAN, NUEVA ECIJA – With the declining water levels of Pantabangan Dam, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) plan to conduct cloudseeding operations (CSOps) in Central Luzon.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) was ordered to start the CSOps in Central Luzon, citing the season in which the rice farmers are in the critical reproductive stage of their rice planting.
“With this initiative, we can ensure a respectable rice harvest in Central Luzon, particularly in Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Tarlac,” Dar said.
Sonia Saguero, director of DA-BSWM said NIA has allocated a total of P6 million for the cloudseeding operations supported by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and the Philippine Army’s Fort Magsaysay.
The project is in partnership with NIA and the irrigators’ associations, which aimed at ensuring enough water supply for rice farms in Central Luzon.
“Central Luzon remains as the country’s rice granary and main source of the staple for Metro Manila and other rice-deficit areas in Luzon,” he said.
“Central Luzon is a critical component in our objective to achieve food security, especially for residents in the National Capital Region.”