Abe V Rotor
Siyam-siyam (18 days of continuous rainfall) enhances bountiful rice harvest.
The Northwest monsoon or habagat may be intensified by a series of typhoons and low pressure areas that may last for eighteen days; hence the phenomenon is called siyam-siyam in Tagalog and nep-nep in Ilocano which usually occurs in July or August. The period is usually interspersed with brief good weather lasting for two to three days.
Siyam-siyam enhances bountiful harvest for two reasons, namely.
- First, wider rice area can be planted, which includes the uplands; and
- Second, sufficient and longer retention of water in the soil nourishes the maturing rice crop, so with the succeeding crops.
We had more rains the siyam-siyam brought last year which resulted in the Ondoy tragedy and flooding in other parts of the country. Without the siyam-siyam, 2010 is not a good crop year for rice and corn, and other crops that follow the rice harvest.
Let's therefore, tighten our belts.~
Living with Nature 3, AVR