(Update on typhoon damages) Ondoy, Pepeng damages to agriculture jump to P10B

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — Value of losses to agriculture and fisheries due to tropical storm 'Ondoy' and typhoon 'Pepeng' have reached P10.1 billion, according to the latest report from the Department of Agriculture Central Action Center (DACAC).

Initial damages to the rice sector brought about by the two weather disturbances amounted to P8.4 billion or equivalent to 477,736 metric tons (MT) of the staple food. Around 312,366 hectares of rice lands were affected.

DACAC said the initial production losses in rice was 7.38 percent of the national target of 6,478,960 MT for the October-December production.

For the corn sector, affected areas due to Ondoy and Pepeng were recorded at 11,083 hectares, where some 18,467 MT of the crop were damaged amounting to P245 million.

DACAC said the total corn production losses was equivalent to 1.32 percent of the 1,396,394 MT national target for the quarter.

Irrigation facilities, like communal irrigation system, among others, damaged by the two weather disturbances amounted to P1.259 billion.

Production losses on high-value commercial crops reached about P337 million,

On the other hand, the fisheries sector incurred P211 million losses, affecting some 8,356 hectares of fishponds with milkfish (bangus), tilapia, prawn, fish cages and seaweed farms.

Damaged facilities and equipment, such as boats, gillnets, fish traps, squid jiggers, among others, were valued at P3 million.

Total damages on the livestock and poultry sector reached P41 million.

A total of P1.3 million worth of poultry houses, pig pens and other facilities for this sector was destroyed.

Meanwhile, local executives of Cagayan province — Governor Alvaro Antonio, Vice Governor Leonides Fausto — including some 29 provincial agriculturists and DA Regional executive director Andrew Villacorta, held a meeting earlier to discuss the assistance to be given to the farmers affected by the typhoons.

The governor said the provincial government has allocated some P20 million fund for the purchase of needed seedlings and other farm inputs which shall be distributed to small farmers of the province. (PNA)



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