Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Filipino Drought Devastates Poor Farmers



Drought takes a terrible toll on poor Filipino farmers

Worst dry spell in years is forcing rural folk to take desperate measures


Drought takes a terrible toll on poor Filipino farmers

Swathes of corn stand withered on the parched rolling hills near the farming town of Arakan in the southern Philippines, while shallow cracks scar what were once fertile rice paddies.
El Nino is wreaking havoc in agriculture-rich Cotabato province.
Allan Salon, a member of the Manuvu tribe, says life is hard these days. There is nothing to harvest and hunger is rife.
In the village of Malibatuan, people only eat once a day with the children getting most of what there is to eat.
Desperation and hunger forced Allan and his brother, Lito, to join their neighbors, in heading to the provincial capital, Kidapawan, on March 29. The village leader said everyone who went to the city would get a sack of rice.
Allan and Lito believed that they would return home that same afternoon with their bags of rice.
"I was told we would be going joining a 'picket,'" said Allan. "But I did not know what that meant."



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