Agri damage from typhoons rises to P3.12B


Damage caused by two consecutive typhoons to the country’s farm sector has risen to P3.12 billion from an initial estimate of P1.14 billion, (for verification) the
Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Friday.

Based on its latest report, DA said typhoons Luis and Mario have affected some 194,138 hectares in six regions, or a total of 25 provinces in Luzon.

The rice sector suffered the biggest blow, with losses estimated at P2.83 billion, or 158,723 metric tons of palay in 169,723 hectares. Of the total area affected, 149,557 hectares still have a chance of recovery since the majority of crops were still in the vegetative stage.

The impact of the damage to the rice sector was pegged at 2.17 percent of the projected production output of 7.32 million MT for the fourth quarter of this year, and about 0.83 percent of the national full-year target of 19.07 million MT.

The corn sector also suffered massively with 13,261 MT of crops lost, valued at P174.1 million. The DA said, however, that only about 87 hectares of the corn crops affected have no chance of recovery.

Damage to the corn sector represents about 0.77 percent of the projected fourth quarter output of 1.72 million MT, and only 0.16 percent of the projected full-year harvest of 8.36 million MT.

High value crops, including highland and lowland vegetables, recorded P81.4 million in losses, while the fisheries sector sustained P16.1 million in losses. P7.7 million in losses were also recorded for the livestock sector.


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