• No serious damage to crops by ‘Labuyo’

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    The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday said that losses in the agriculture production in Luzon due to typhoon Labuyo were “negligible.”

    Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that as of August 16, the total coast of production loss in agriculture due to the recent typhoon was estimated at P571.68 million, affecting 51,645 hectares of farm areas in Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 2 and 3.

    “Based on our initial estimates, the effect of Labuyo to the farm sector remains negligible,” Alcala said.

    The biggest damage was reported in corn and banana with P348.6 million and P123.4 million, respectively.

    A total of 28,306 metric tons of corns were lost in some 37,621 hectares, while 14, 828 MT of banana crops were damage in 826 hectares.

    Meanwhile, some 12,535 hectares of rice areas were damage, resulting to production loss of 4,677 MT of palay.

    Other commodities affected were vegetables, fisheries and livestock.

    Aurora province suffered the biggest hit, with agricultural damages estimated at P132,2 million. Most of the affected crops are banana and rice in the towns of Dipaculao, Baler and Maria Aurora.

    Alcala said DA field staff are continuously conducting damage and needs assessment, as well as validating earlier reports to fasttrack the rehabilitation of the affected areas.

    “Those affected crops can easily be replaced,” he added.

    James Konstantin Galvez

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