KORONADAL CITY, June 1 (PIA) — Farmer-irrigators in North Cotabato will hold a tree-planting activity in Alamada town, where a target of 500 seedlings will be added to more than 7,000 seedlings that were planted earlier.

The activity scheduled on June 7 and 8 will also be participated by different government agencies in the area.

In line with this, the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) has distributed 8,000 arabica coffee seedlings, which will also be planted in Alamada as one of the climate change mitigation initiatives of the national government.

The distribution of arabaca coffee seedlings was coursed through the office of North Cotabato First District Rep. Jesus Sacdalan.

According to Midsayap-Pigcawayan-Libungan-Northern Kabuntalan Federation of Irrigators Association President Dante Cudal, they are encouraging their fellow farmers to save the mountains in North Cotabato by planting more trees.

He also added that this activity is in support to the National Greening Program of government.

The main objective of the tree growing activity is to save the Alamada-Libungan watershed and to prevent flashfloods, which affects the lower part of the municipalities of Libungan, Midsayap, and Pigcawayan in North Cotabato.

Planting more trees in these areas is very helpful most especially during rainy season since most of the time, ricefields here serve as catch basin of the Libungan River. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ RBeñez-DXVL-Radyo ng bayan)