Fabian agriculture damage hits P7.18 million

Catherine Talavera - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Initial damage to agriculture due to rains spawned by Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon was estimated at P7.18 million, data from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA)-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center showed.

In its 3 p.m. bulletin on Friday, the DA said 386 farmers and 473 hectares of agricultural areas in Central Luzon and Calabarzon were affected, with volume production loss of 176 metric tons (MT).

“Affected commodities include rice and high value crops,” the DA said.

Initial data shows rice accounted for 93.7 percent of the damage and affected 467 hectares, with volume loss of 176 MT valued at P7.14 million.

High-value crops in seven hectares accounted for 6.3 percent of the damage, with production loss of P38,490.

The DA said the figures are still subject to validation.

The agency said it is offering assistance, including the release of quick response funds, to affected farmers and fisherfolk

The DA said 104,471 bags of rice seeds, 11,390 bags of corn seeds and 949 kilos of assorted vegetables are available aside from drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry needs.

Affected farmers and fisherfolk can avail themselves of assistance under the Survival and Recovery Loan Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council. Funds for indemnification are available from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.

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