Typhoon damage in Northern Luzon negligible – DA

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday Typhoon Dodong caused negligible damage to crops in the northern Philippines and the heavy rains it brought was a blessing to areas hit by a dry spell.

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the typhoon affected 654 hectares planted to rice and corn in Cagayan Valley and estimate of the losses was P2.70 million.

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

The biggest damage was on rice at P2.52 million. The affected crops were in maturity stage.

No damage was reported in the Cordillera region, and the Ilocos provinces. But field personnel were still validating reports in some areas.

Alcala said the cropping pattern in areas hit by the typhoon was not disrupted and “the affected crops can easily be replaced. “

He said the department is now preparing for the start of the wet cropping season in June.

Earlier, the National Irrigation Administration said that there is ample supply of impounded water to be used for irrigation – at least for the next two months.

NIA Administrator Florencio Padernal said the irrigation dams remained above critical level and he assured rice-producing areas of sufficient water supply during the prolonged dry season.

He said the agency has prepared water allocation programs to ensure minimal water loss if the dry spell continued until the start of the rainy season.

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