By Danny Estacio

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna- The Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) director Arnel de Mesa presented the status of 12 installed Automated Weather Stations (AWSs).

The said AWS aims of incorporating the region’s local weather information to SARI technology for more accurate data collection and faster data generation, the presentation was made during the DA Management Committee Meeting on Tuesday through video conferencing.

SARI is described as a “cohesive technology that captures farm-to-market supply of agricultural produce; a system that analyses farmers’ ability to produce and enables traders’ access to seamless information. It provides an integrated dispatch system and intelligence to navigate the location data of the nearest trucks for goods movement” said de Mesa.

According to de Mesa, the AWS system may provide near real-time information on temperature, relative humidity, rainfall on an hourly basis, soil moisture content, atmospheric pressure, and other agro-meteorological parameters.

“It will be very helpful to us in the region especially if there are upcoming weather disturbances such as El Niño and La Niña, which shall help us implement immediate and appropriate interventions, to mitigate agricultural damages and losses. Then, we can easily generate and collate this information for us to have very good data analytics down to the city and municipal level,” de Mesa added.

CALABARZON will be the pilot region for SARI which is, according to de Mesa, a great opportunity for the region to share the system with others. (Danny Estacio)