Crop damage from Typhoon “Rolly” has been initially placed at P1.1 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday.
However, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said during the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council briefing on Monday that around P16.9 billion worth of crops were saved from the Rolly’s fury because of the DA’s advisories to farmers to harvest their crops early.
According to the DA, Rolly affected almost 20,000 hectares of rice, corn and high value crops were destroyed, amounting to P1 billion. The number of affected farmers was placed at 20,000.
Dar added that 242,000 hectares of rice farms from the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Bicol were saved from Rolly’s wrath as these were harvested early. The was equivalent to 1 million metric tons.
The DA as early as October 30 issued advisories for rice farmers to harvest crops that have attained 70-percent maturity.
Rolly primarily affected the Calabarzon and Bicol on Sunday.
Rolly on Saturday night threatened the country with winds of nearly 300 kph that forced the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration to hoist Signal No. 5 in parts of the Bicol region.
But from a super typhoon, Rolly weakened and became a typhoon when it made first landfall in part of Bicol in early Sunday.
The damage reported to agriculture from Rolly is bigger than Quinta’s, which was placed at P705.87 million.
“The total amount of damage and losses in agri-fisheries due to the typhoon has reached P705.87 million with 33,545 metric tons 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 an earlier statement on the damage caused by Quinta on the agriculture sector. SOVEREIGNPH