Maximizing Weather Knowledge for Agriculture

What did you have for breakfast today? Tapsilog? Pan de sal? Cereals? Most likely, whatever yummy food you had on your plate this morning traces its roots to the agricultural sector.

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Despite the rapid increase in its urbanization, the Philippines is still primarily an agricultural country. Farming practices, however, are location specific, which means farming techniques done in Isabela may not necessarily be the same in Bukidnon. This establishes a need for highly localized data to help farmers mitigate crop losses during extreme weather conditions. Consequently, the availability of accurate weather knowledge also increases farmers’ agricultural productivity through technical capabilities.

Farmers and agricultural small and medium enterprises can definitely benefit from weather technologies and experts who fully understand weather conditions and can help interpret complex weather and climate information.

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The weather information the will generate can assist agricultural communities with processes that will strengthen their capacities to maximize yield and optimize financial gains. Vagaries in weather, when caught unprepared, can lead to disruption in food availability, or even affect the quality of yield from agricultural communities.

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For instance, a projected increase in temperature can lead to the drying of crops and extreme changes in weather can affect the availability of water supply for the farming communities. Through weather-inclusive farming practices, agricultural communities can be safe, empowered, and sustainable.

On a grassroots level, knowing the weather conditions on a daily basis is highly important for planning day-to-day agricultural activities. Given the complex nature of weather, the best that agricultural communities can do it monitor daily weather observations and seven-day forecasts.

Through technology-assisted systems, relevant weather information can be generated for the agricultural sector. In some countries, this weather information is already used in determining the type of farming practices best for specific soil and rain conditions. With this, we highly encourage farming communities to utilize micro-weather conditions to facilitate site-specific agricultural decisions.

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Lastly, we in WeatherPhilippines look forward to providing highly localized weather information for changes in agricultural practices, in the aim of making it suitable for the vagaries of weather and to adapt to market conditions for maximum financial gains. Through accurate weather information, #WeatherWiser Filipino farmers can progress and ensure the empowerment of their agricultural communities.

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