Water and Soil Samples NFA-Food Development Center Sr. Research Specialist Rachel Rocafort (seated, left photo) interviews a farmer-respondent  during the recent conduct of water and soil sampling in Compostela Valley to be used for their research studies on the levels of arsenic and cadmium in rice and whether these pose a risk to public health.   Another FDC technical personnel, Mr. Rommel A. Dolotallas  (below  photo), gets a water sample from an irrigation canal in the area. A major source of irrigation in the province are the rivers in the area. It was found that Naboc and Agusan rivers are grossly contaminated with mercury and cyanide from mining operations at Mt. Diwalwal. (Genelyn Q. Rapal, Acting Information Officer)

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