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Seaweed farmers in Cebu ready to deal with dry spell

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SEAWEED FARMERS in Cebu are prepared to deal with the prevailing dry spell given past experience with extreme weather conditions, according to Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) Chairman Maximo A. Ricohermoso. In an interview, Mr Ricohermoso said while the quality of seaweed output could be affected by the mild-drought, the industry has already developed techniques to minimize the impact. The weak El Niño episode, which is expected to last until June, has affected about 300 hectares of seaweed farms in the northern part of Cebu, particularly in Bantayan. The Cebu provincial government said the damage is estimated at P28 million. A state of calamity has been declared in the province and affected seaweed farmers are among those that will receive assistance through the local emergency fund. Mr. Ricohermoso is confident that farmers can cope with the crisis, saying this kind of minor calamity is part of a seaweed farming cycle. He also said that demand for seaweed, or refined and semi-refined carrageenan, from the world market continues to increase. “The demand now is good, as well as the price,” he said. — The Freeman

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