Agriculture Secretary William Dar has assured the country has enough food for up to 94 days, even if the damage to agriculture caused by Typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses has been pegged at around P10 billion.
“So, 85 days to 94 days nandiyan pa rin iyong imbentaryo natin. Meron tayong sapat na bigas dito sa bansa (The inventory is there. The country has enough rice),” he said during a during televised Laging Handa briefing.
However, Dar said the P10-billion damage caused by the typhoon still does not include the crop losses to Isabela and Cagayan.
“Hindi pa kasama ngayon iyong flooding na nangyayari sa Isabela at Cagayan ay umaabot na po ng P10 bilyon at alam natin naman na talagang apektado at talagang malaking dagok na naman dito sa food security natin (The damage does not include the damage from the flooding in Isabela and Cagayan that has reached P10 billion and we already know this will affect and be a big blow to our food security situation),” he said.
At least 150,000 farmers were also affected by the three typhoons, accounting for more than 275,000 hectares of lands.
It can be recalled that because of the early advisory of the Department of Agriculture to harvest their crops early before Quinta and Rolly made landfall, about P26.53 billion worth of crops were saved from being damaged or lost.The timely weather advisories enabled farmers to save P7.66-billion worth of palay and P1.31-billion worth of corn from Quinta; and P16.99-billion worth of palay and P579-million worth of corn from Rolly. SOVEREIGNPH