ENHANCING AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY: NIA MIMAROPA STRATEGIC MEASURES FOR EL ñO PREPAREDNESS THROUGH AWD FARMING AND INNOVATIVE IRRIGATION RACTICES

NIA MIMAROPA headed by Acting Regional Manager Ronilio M. Cervantes is promoting the alternate wetting and drying (AWD) farming method as a strategy to prepare for the upcoming El Niño phenomenon. AWD is a water-saving technology that can reduce irrigation water use by up to 30% without decreasing yield. It is a climate-resilient farming method that can help farmers cope with droughts and other water-related challenges.

AWD also helps to increase soil organic matter, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves soil health and can be used to grow a variety of crops.

The agency is also working to improve the efficiency of its irrigation systems and to develop drought-resistant crop varieties.

NIA MIMAROPA's efforts to promote AWD and prepare for El Niño are essential to ensure the sustainability of agriculture in the region.