MANILA --The initial damage and losses to the agriculture sector caused by Typhoon Tisoy have reached PHP531.61 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Wednesday.
According to the department's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operation Center, the damage and losses covered a total of 14,637 hectares of agricultural areas in Calabarzon and Bicol Region, with an estimated production loss of 18,455 metric tons (MT) affecting some 39,808 farmers.
The affected crops were rice, corn, and high-value crops.
For rice alone, some PHP318.94 million were recorded damaged with 11,539 MT volume production losses planted to 12,435 hectares.
The total damage for high-value crops reached PHP145.55 million, with a production volume of 5,240 MT, covering 1,025 hectares.
Around PHP67.12 million losses for corn were recorded with volume production at 1,676 MT. The total areas affected were 1,176 hectares in Quezon province.
DA-Regional Field Office Calabarzon has available 3,230 bags of rice seed reserves. DA-RFO in Bicol also has available 3,163 bags of rice seeds, 2,632 bags of corn seeds, and 322 kilos of vegetable seeds to be distributed to the affected farmers who are ready to replant.
The monitoring and field validation of the affected areas is currently being conducted by the concerned DA RFOs.
The Agriculture department said a standby fund amounting to PHP250 million under the Quick Response fund can be utilized for rehabilitation of areas affected by the typhoon.
The Agricultural Credit Policy Council also has PHP65 million available funds under the Survival Recovery Program. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency