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Agriculture damage from ‘Odette’ climbs to P10-B

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MANILA, Philippines — Latest figures from the Department of Agriculture paint a sordid image of restoration for farmers and fisherfolk after Typhoon “Odette” left swathes of land throughout central and southern Philippines in ruins.

In a press release, the DA reported on Monday a whopping P10.7 billion damage to agriculture, which leaft arable farmland and fish pens in disarray. The numbers got here in additional than every week after Odette struck, however the DA clarified the figures have been nonetheless topic to validation.

Agriculture accounted for 10.18% of the nation’s gross home product in 2020.

Agriculture in Calabarzon (Region 4-A), Mimaropa (Region 4-B), Bicol (Region 5), Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9), Northern Mindanao (Region 10), Davao (Region 11), SOCCSKSARGEN (Region 12), and Caraga (Region 13) have been left reeling.

The DA estimated Odette affected the livelihood of 163,760 farmers and fishers, forsaking a quantity of manufacturing loss pegged at 244,924 metric tons, successfully decimating 370,142 hectares of agricultural areas.

Odette’s aftermath left productive agricultural areas residence to rice, corn, high-value crops, coconut, sugarcane, livestock, and fisheries in ruins, because the central financial institution earlier stated agriculture and tourism-related actions ought to count on disruptions till 2022 consequently.

Costly gear and equipment have been ruined by Odette as properly.

On the opposite hand, the DA stated farmers primarily based in Regions 4-A, 6, 8, 9, 11, and 13 have harvested 34,433 metric tons of tons prior to Odette’s landfall, which amounted to P615.5 million. Agricultural employees have been ready to harvest and save 6,965 metric tons of corn, pegged to be at the very least P82.55 million, as properly.

The DA stated it’s disbursing at the very least P2.9 billion of taxpayers’ funds to assist farmers and fisherfolk, together with P1 billion value of fast response funds to Odette-ravaged areas and P828 million from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to help farmland rehabilitation, amongst others.