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P6B agri products, farmlands damaged by Typhoon Odette

December 28, 2021 Cory Martinez 345 views

AT least P6 billion worth of agricultural products and farmlands have been damaged and loss due to the onslaught of typhoon Odette in six regions in the country.

In its Bulletin No. 19 on TY “ODETTE” issued at 5 p.m. Sunday, the Department of Agriculture said that the damages were reported in Regions Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Caraga.

The DA disclosed that there are 68,991 farmers and fishers were affected with volume of production loss at 118,426 metric tons (MT) and 288,677 hectares of agricultural areas.

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, coconut, livestock, and fisheries. Damage has also been incurred in agricultural infrastructures, machineries and equipment. These values are subject to validation.

The DA said that additional damage and losses are expected in areas affected by “Odette.”

The DA said that prior to “Odette”, a total area of 11,454 hectares of rice have been harvested from Regions Mimaropa, VI, VIII, IX, XI, and XIII with an equivalent production of 34,433 metric tons amounting to P615.53M.

As for corn, a total of 2,452 hectares have been harvested from Region IV-A, Mimaropa, VIII, IX, XI, and XIII with an equivalent production of 6,965 metric tons amounting to P82.55 million.

The DA through its Regional Field Offices (RFOs), continuous to conduct assessment of damage and losses in the agri-fisheries sector.

Meanwhile, the DA has readied the amount of P2.9-billion as assistance for farmers and fisherfolk affected.

Of the amount, P1-B worth is allotter for Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas; P828-M from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify affected farmers; P500-M under the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) for 20,000 farmers and fisherfolk at P25,000 each.

Other assistance include P314-M worth of rice seeds, P129-M worth of corn seeds, P57-M worth of assorted vegetables; P47-M worth of assistance to affected fisherfolk from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); P6.6-M worth of animal stocks, drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry; and available funds from Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).