Due to the changing climate, higher temperatures eventually reduce yields of desirable crops making agriculture extremely vulnerable to it.
With this, the Research Division of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 spearheaded a forum which promotes climate resilient commodities to the farmers of Davao Occidental on Friday.
Production of the commodities such as adlai (alternative for rice and corn), apali (lesser yam), soybean, Japanese sweet potato, cacao and rubber were featured including a demo on vermi composting.
DA regional director Remelyn R. Recoter in her message delivered by Chief Agriculturist Rosalinda Mediano said that climate change presents new and more challenging demands on agricultural productivity.
“Although there will be gains in some crops in the regions, the overall impact of climate change in agriculture is expected to be negative and at the same time threatening to the country’s food security,” she added.
She also emphasized that climate change affect farming practices, the availability and price of agriculture products as well as the costs of doing business.
“For our quest to food sufficiency for the coming years, we will try to venture in this climate resilient commodities. Varietal trials on these crops are also on going to check on its suitability for commercial production,” she said.
Dr. Juanito Lupiba, research division chief urged the farmers to support government initiatives on climate adaptation.
“Let us try to help the country become food sufficient and climate resilient by venturing into crops that can stand adverse conditions such as apali and adlai,” Lupiba said adding that they have also potentials in the market.
In the same technology forum, DA 11 also distributed 160 tubers of Apali root crop, 2 kilos of Adlay seeds, 200 cacao seedlings, 100 mangosteen seedlings, 400 seedlings of indigofera, 100 seedlings of durian, 100 bags of vermicast and 100 pieces of vegetable seeds to the farmers.