More than P700 million value of agricultural commodities had been worn out by Tropical Depression Agaton, knowledge launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed.
In its hurricane bulletin as of three p.m. on April 15, the DA stated the damage and losses to agriculture introduced by the climate disturbance amounted to P703.3 million.
The tropical despair affected 11,666 farmers with a quantity of manufacturing loss at 40,850 metric tons (MT) and 17,530 hectares of agricultural areas in Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Soccsksargen and Caraga.
Affected commodities embody rice, corn, excessive worth crops, and livestock, in accordance to the division.
“These values are subject to validation. Additional damage and losses are expected in areas affected by Agaton,” the DA stated.
Rice is essentially the most worn out commodity with a complete quantity of manufacturing loss of 39,478 MT amounting to P660.6 million and 17,013 hectares of agricultural areas affected.
High-value crops, reminiscent of greens, cacao, and fruits, adopted with whole quantity lack of 491 MT amounting to P21.5 million and 109 hectares affected.
Damage to corn totaled P21.1 million with a quantity of 881 MT and 408 hectares affected.
Livestock and poultry sustained P48,100 value of manufacturing loss, comprising 275 heads of hen, swine, duck, and goat.
The DA, by means of its Regional Field (RFOs), stated it’s conducting evaluation of damage and losses introduced by Agaton within the agri-fisheries.
The division added that it constantly coordinates with involved nationwide authorities businesses, native authorities items and different catastrophe threat discount and management-related workplaces for the affect of Agaton, in addition to accessible sources for interventions and help.
The DA famous the next help shall be supplied to affected farmers and fishers:
- rice, corn and diverse vegetable seeds
- medication and biologics for livestock and poultry
- Survival and Recovery (SURE) Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC)
- accessible funds from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify affected farmers
- Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas
“The DA-DRRM Operations Center will continuously provide updates regarding Agaton,” it stated. —KG, GMA News