• Glenda’s damage to agri tops P8B

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    The estimated damage caused by Typhoon Glenda to the country’s agriculture has ballooned to P8.313 billion, with 95,324 farm hectares in eight regions affected, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said in a report released
    on Wednesday.

    Just this Sunday, the typhoon’s damage to infrastructure, including school facilities and agriculture, was reported to have reached P7.33 billion, based on figures released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

    According to the latest estimates, the fisheries sector sustained the biggest losses at P5.156 billion. Aquaculture facilities and fish cages in Regions 3, 4A and 5 —particularly those in Laguna de Bay and Taal Lake—were completely washed out by the strong winds and flooding brought in by Glenda last week.

    Losses to the rice sector amounted to P988.533 million, or 48,622 metric tons of palay crops in 50,999 hectares affected. Of the total area in the path of the typhoon, some 33,595 hectares still have a chance of recovery since majority were still in the vegetative stage, the DA said.

    The corn sector also suffered massively with 75,322 MT of crops lost, valued at P988.123 million. Total areas affected reached 36,874 hectares, of which some 23,034 hectares still have a chance of recovery.

    High value crops, including highland and lowland vegetables, recorded P341.276 million in losses, while banana, mango and other fruit crops sustained more than P214.1 million in damage.

    The livestock sector, on the other hand, sustained only P13.413 million in losses.
    Damage to other agricultural and fishery infrastructure and equipment was estimated at P517.06 million.

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