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Philippine farm damage rises

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THE damage caused by Typhoon Mina on the farm sector has risen to P1.244 billion (US$29.3 million), the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Based on the agency’s estimates as of August 30, the damage incurred in the three regions badly hit by the typhoon— Cordillera Autonomous Region, and Regions I and II—reached P1,244,558,370, affecting over 106,316 hectares of agricultural land.

Rice crops suffered the most, with 55,359 hectares, or roughly 46,554 metric tons of palay damaged. The DA estimated the value of the affected crops at P776.3 million.

Majority of the affected rice areas was in Region II, which incurred more than P663.4 million in damages.

But much of the affected rice areas of 54,283 hectares were recoverable since the crops were still in their vegetative stage, the DA said.

Around 49,848 hectares, or 39,320 MT of corn also incurred damages amounting to P419.4 million. Of the affected corn areas, only 40 hectares were totally lost to flooding brought by heavy rains.

The damage sustained by high-value commercial crops, mostly vegetables, reached P17.9 million. The fisheries sub-sector reported damages worth P4.5 million. The DA report also showed that the damage to irrigation facilities and agricultural equipment reached P6.2 million.

Earlier, Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup said the agency was undertaking emergency measures to address food security concerns in the wake of the typhoon. Salacup said the agency is making quality seeds available to farmers.


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