LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (PNA) - The local Department of Agriculture (DA) office here said last Friday frosting has not yet occurred in various farms in Benguet Province since December, unlike in past years.
This was learned from Provincial Agriculturist Lolita Bentres who said no damage from frosting has been received by their office.
On the contrary, she said, "our local farmers are enjoying bumper harvest of their vegetables, fruits and coffee".
In previous years, frosting or the formation of a sheet or film of ice atop the leaves of plants occurred from December to January, when the temperature in high-lying areas like Atok, Benguet dropped to 8.5 to 9.5 degrees celsius.
There were two days in December 2011 when temperature recorded in Atok town averaged from 10 degrees celsius but never went lower than that in the succeeding days.
As explained earlier by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) there were several weather systems which altered the effects of the northeast monsoon in this region.
These include the various low pressure areas coming from the Pacific Ocean which developed into typhoons that hit the southern Philippines and the Visayan region.