Philippines:Typhoons cause P2 billion in damage to farming, fisheries

The damage to agriculture and fisheries brought about by tropical storm Henry, severe tropical storm Inday and tropical depression Josie have reached P2 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The values of the damage to rice, corn, cassava, high value crops, livestock and fisheries are subject to validation, the DA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operations Center said on Monday.

The damage and losses in agriculture are based on reports from Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and Palawan.

According to the DA, Region 3 is the most affected region with an amount of P843.77 million while Pangasinan is the most affected province with damage worth P491.87 million.

Rice is the most affected commodity with damages and losses amounting to P1,62 billion, affecting 58,063 farmers in several provinces across the country. Damage incurred for corn was was estimated at P64.54 million with production volume loss of about 4,631 metric tons.

Losses to livestock now have a total of P7.53 billion while damage to fisheries, high value crops and cassava are at P236.06 million, P4.36 million and P1.35 million, respetively.

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