Sat. May 8th, 2021

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday announced that some P795 million in quick response fund (QRF) is available to farmers whose farms were devastated by Typhoon “Quinta.”

“The total amount of damage and losses in agri-fisheries due to the typhoon has reached P705.87 million with 33,545 metric tons (MT) of volume loss, affecting 25,483 farmers and fisherfolk tending some 19,971 hectares of agricultural areas in the Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula,” the DA said in a statement.

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high-value crops, fisheries and livestock. Some irrigation, and agri-facilities were also affected.

The DA said the increase in values is attributed to the updated reports in rice and corn from the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo, and Zamboanga City.

“The DA Regional Field Offices in Quinta-affected regions are thoroughly assessing and validating damage and losses in the agri-fisheries sector, and thereafter provide needed emergency assistance to affected farmers and fisherfolk,” the DA said in a statement.

Aside from the QRF, other assistance available to affected farmers are the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and the Indemnification funds from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

A total of 30,280 bags of rice seeds, 8,071 bags of corn seeds, and 1,792 kilograms of assorted vegetables from DA the offices Regions 1 (Ilocos), 4-A (Calabarzon), 5 (Bicol), 6 (Western Visayas), and 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) are also up for distribution to affected farmers.

Notably, Quinta did not badly affected major rice producing areas in the Philippines like Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. SOVEREIGNPH

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