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Damage to agriculture due to Odette soars to P9 billion │ GMA News Online

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The injury to the nation’s agriculture sector caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette within the Visayas and Mindanao has soared additional to P9 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) stated Friday.

The newest tally is larger than the P8.4-billion price of injury and losses reported on Wednesday.

In explicit, the hurricane ravaged 351,932 hectares of agricultural areas in CALABARZON, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Caraga.

Odette affected 132,658 farmers and fishers, with a quantity of manufacturing loss at 194,671 metric tons (MT).

Commodities that had been misplaced embody rice, corn, excessive worth crops, coconut, sugarcane, livestock, and fisheries.

“Damage has also been incurred in agricultural infrastructures, machinery and equipment. These values are subject to validation,” the DA stated.

“Additional damage and losses are expected in areas affected by Odette,” it added.

The Agriculture division stated not less than P2.9 billion of available help will probably be supplied to farmers and fisherfolk affected:

  •     P1 billion price of Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas
  •     P828 million from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify affected farmers
  •     P500 million underneath the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) for 20,000 farmers and fisherfolk at P25,000 every
  •     P314 million price of rice seeds
  •     P129 million price of corn seeds
  •     P57 million price of varied greens
  •     P47 million price of help to affected fisherfolk from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
  •     P6.6 million price of animal shares, medication and biologics for livestock and poultry
  •     Available funds from Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

The DA famous that prior to Odette’s landfall, a complete space of 11,454 hectares of rice have been harvested from Regions Mimaropa, VI, VIII, IX, XI, and XIII with an equal manufacturing of 34,433 metric tons amounting to P615.53 million.

“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,” it added.

The Agriculture division stated its regional subject places of work (RFOs) are conducting evaluation of injury and losses within the agri-fisheries sector.

“The DA continuously coordinates with concerned NGAs (national government agencies), LGUs (local government units) and other DRRM (disaster risk reduction and management)-related offices for the impact of Odette, as well as available resources for interventions and assistance,” it stated.—AOL, GMA News