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Typhoon damage to agriculture climbs to P12 billion

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) -- The total damage to Philippines' agriculture inflicted by typhoons Pedring and Quiel (international names of Nesat and Nalgae) has risen to P12 billion, the Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.

The losses are more than the figure incurred during the country's most devastating Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana), which caused P10.9 billion of damage to crops and infrastructure.

Agriculture Undersecretary Antonio Fleta said P11 billion came from damage on rice crops, at a meeting held at the Hiyas Convention Center Wednesday.

In a report to President Aquino and the Regional Development Council (RDC), he gave the latest figures on typhoon damage to agriculture, and the DA's proposed measures to help farmers rebound from their losses.

He said that 760,207 metric tons of palay were damaged by the typhoons, representing 11.68 percent of the total 6.5 million MT expected harvest for the last quarter; and that 600,000 MT of the total rice loss are in Central Luzon.

Fleta said that the volume of corn corps lost is 45,000 MT, or 2.93 percent of the target production of 1.55 million MT for the last quarter.

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Fleta said that the affected areas cover 441,000 hectares in seven regions in Luzon, representing 25 percent of the total harvestable areas in the country for the last quarter of 2011.

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