The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has warned of a potential loss of 1.5 million metric tons (MT) of palay output in 2024 due to the El Niño phenomenon.
This could lead to a shortage of rice supply in the market.
The loss of palay output could also result in higher prices of rice in the market.
El Niño is a weather phenomenon that causes a warming of the Pacific Ocean, leading to droughts and other extreme weather conditions in different parts of the world.
The Philippines is one of the countries that are vulnerable to the effects of El Niño.
The NIA has urged farmers to prepare for the possible effects of El Niño by adopting water-saving technologies and other measures.
The government has also been implementing programs to increase the country's rice production and reduce its dependence on imports.