THE Department of Agriculture (DA) yesterday said that among the agricultural commodities that incurred severe damage and losses due to the onslaught of Super Typhoon Karding is rice, which amounted to P2.02-billion.
In its Bulletin No. 8 on STY “KARDING,” the DA said that the affected rice farmlands were recorded at 159,251 hectares and the volume of production loss at 133,294 metric tons (MT).
The said production loss represents 0.66% of the annual total production target volume for rice, which is 20.25 million (M) MT.
Second to rice that was severely damaged was corn, which incurred damage and losses amounted to P65.4-million with an affected area of 2,002 hectares and a volume of production loss at 2,634 MT, which represents 0.05% of the annual total production target volume for corn, which is 5.11M MT.
The DA reported that the total amount of agricultural products and farmlands damaged by the typhoon “Karding” was recorded at P2.95-billion.
The total affected hectares of farmlands were recorded at 164,217, affecting some 103,552 farmers and fisherfolk, with a combined volume of production loss at 154,734 metric tons (MT).
The DA added that the damage and losses had been reported in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Bicol Region, and Western Visayas.
Other commodities also affected include high-value crops, livestock and poultry, and fisheries. Damage has also been incurred to agricultural infrastructures, machinery, and equipment.