Effects of El Niño being felt across the country

The El Niño dry spell has been causing losses in agriculture and tourism across the country, from farmlands up north to poultry farms and tourist destinations down south.

In Benguet in northern Philippines, water sources for mountain farmlands planted to potato, cabbage and other temperate vegetables have began to dry up due to El Niño, threatening huge agricultural losses for the country’s “Salad Bowl” and a rise in the prices of vegetables.

“There will be changes in the characteristic of plants. Pests and diseases are also possible,” said Lolita Bentres, provincial agriculturist of Benguet.

In Ilagan, capital town of Isabela province also in northern Philippines, the Pinsal Falls in the Ilagan Sanctuary, a popular tourist attraction among locals, has begun to dry up also due to El Niño.

Kung dati ang lapad niya isang buong kurtina, ngayon siguro kalahating kurtina na lang siya. Parang kalahati po ‘yung tubig na nawala po (If before it was as wide as an entire curtain span, now it’s probably just half a curtain wide. It’s like half of the water has been lost),” said Billy Perez of the Ilagan Sanctuary.

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