Wed. Dec 2nd, 2020

Damage to the agriculture sector from the wrath of Typhoon “Qunita” has reached P1.7 billion, according to latest reports from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“The total amount of damage and losses in agri-fisheries due to TY (Typhoon) Quinta has increased to P1.70 billion from the previously-reported P705.87 million, with 103,520 metric tons of volume loss, affecting 30,438 farmers and fisherfolk with 73,098 hectares of agricultural areas in Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula,” the DA said in a statement.

“Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, fisheries, livestock, irrigation and agri-facilities. These values are subject to further validation,” it added.

The increase in the damage value could be attributed to updated reports in rice, corn and livestock and poultry from the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Antique, Iloilo, Biliran, Leyte and Northern Samar, the DA said.

The DA Regional Field Offices in areas affected by Quinta 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 following assistance from the DA are available to affected farmers: Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas; Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); Indemnification funds from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify affected farmers; and A total of 33,148 bags of rice seeds; 8,310 bags of corn seeds, and 1,792 kilograms of assorted vegetables from Regions I, IV-A, V, VI, VIII and IX;

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.  The Philippines is aiming for a bumper harvest for rice in the next coming months from this year’s main planting season for the crop.

Among the top rice-producing provinces are Nueva Ecija, Cagayan and Isabela. SOVEREIGNPH

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