Wed. Aug 4th, 2021

Typhoon Bising has devastated agricultural areas in parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas with losses scaling to P168 million as of Thursday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday.

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DA’s disaster risk reduction and management operations center said some 6,281 farmers and fisherfolk with 4,971 hectares of agricultural areas in the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas were affected by the onslaught of the typhoon.

Volume production loss was estimated at 9,811 metric tons (MT).

The affected commodities include rice, corn, assorted vegetables and fruits, livestock, fisheries produce and facilities, and agri-infrastructures.

Meanwhile, the DA noted that some were able to save their crops due to early advisories from the authorities.

A total of 14,589 hectares planted to rice have been harvested before the typhoon arrived from Regions 5, 8, and Caraga with an equivalent production of 59,543 MT amounting to PHP1.08 billion.

As for corn, a total of 534 hectares have been harvested from Region 5 and 8 with an equivalent production of 1,411 MT valued at PHP18.20 million.

The DA also announced it has an available stock of 18,478 bags of rice seeds and 12,530 bags of corn seeds for distribution to the affected farmers.

Loan programs from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council and indemnification fund from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation are also being offered. SOVEREIGNPH

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