(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 275 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.9°N, 124.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Thursday, October 27, 2022

DA introduces Abonong Swak to farmers in Cortes, SurSur

CORTES, Surigao del Sur -- The Department of Agriculture spearheaded  a field day for a Balanced Fertilizer Strategy (BFS) dubbed as "Abonong Swak" in Barangay Burgos, Cortes, Surigao del Sur recently.

The activity showcased the different applications of the three (3) combos that enable rice farmers to harvest up to 7 to 8 tons per hectare.

Around 40 farmers from different farmers' cooperatives and associations (FCAs) attended the demonstration.

 The "Abonong Swak" encourages and pushes the proper use of combined organic and inorganic fertilizers to satisfy the nutritional requirements needed for the crops and maintain the fertility of the soil.

It also addresses  the issue of the ongoing rise in fertilizer prices.

These are the three options based on yield targets under Abonong Swak presented and elaborated on the farmers. The Combo 1 entails 3,000 to 4,000 kilograms (kgs) per hectare (ha) target production; Combo 2 has 5,000 to 6,000 kgs per ha target production; while Combo 3 includes 7,000 to 8,000 kgs per ha target production.

Meanwhile, Cortes Mayor Josie M. Bonifacio, LGU officials, and Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico graced the event. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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