WV posts P3.1B losses in agri, fisheries

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ILOILO CITY: The Department of Agriculture (DAR) on Tuesday said damages to agriculture, fisheries and facilities in Western Visayas, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda has reached P3.15 billion.

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DAR Regional Director Larry Nacionales made the report to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council the extent of damages to agriculture and fisheries in Western Visayas as of November 17, with the province of Capiz bearing the brunt of damages.

Nacionales said the government will be distribute free palay and vegetable seeds as well as farming equipment next week.

He said P142 million has been allocated for the rehabilitation of the fishing sector while P154 million will be provided for the rehabilitation of crops and livestock.

The DA report showed that Capiz suffered P184.66 million damages in palay, corn and coconut trees and P843 million in aquaculture, commercial fishing vessels, motorized boats, and non-motorized boats.

Iloilo posted P148.5 million damages in palay, corn, livestock and poultry and coconut trees, and P350 million damages in aquaculture, commercial fishing vessels, fishing gears, motorized boats and non-motorized boats.

Aklan declared P154.1 million damages to agriculture and P27.8 million to fisheries. Antique, on the other hand, has reported P152.6 million damages to agriculture and P97.2 million in fisheries.

In Negros Occidental, damages in agriculture amounted to P29.3 million while losses in the fishing sector was estimated at P15.5 million. Gui-maras posted P5.1 million damages to agriculture and P400,000 to fisheries.

Nacionales said that damages to sugarcane in Negros, Iloilo and Capiz reached P1.2 billion and P130.4 million in high value crops such as fruits.

Damages to agriculture include P37.9 million in infrastructure and irrigation facilities. A total of P372.3 million was damaged in fisheries while damages in National Food Authority buildings and warehouses amounted to P9.4 million.

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