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Drought hit farmers forced to sell their animals

SOUTH COTABATO (UCAN): Farmers in the southern Philippine region of Soccsksargen, Mindanao, have resorted to selling their farm animals to survive the impact of a drought that has reportedly ravaged about 15,000 hectares (150 square kilometres) of farmland.
 
Father Ariel Destora, director of the social action centre of the Diocese of Marbel, said the scorching heat brought about by the El Niño phenomenon that has hit the region this year had dried up grasslands.
 

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