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El Niño's crop damage has no 'adverse impact' on national production – DA
2019-04-02
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Meanwhile, the agriculture department's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operations center reports that production losses as of April 2 has reached P5.05 billion.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the agricultural damage sustained from the weak El Niño would have minimal effect on national production.

This is despite DA's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operations center reporting that production losses as of Tuesday, April 2, already reached P5.05 billion, with corn damage going past P2 billion.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday that the losses so far would take up .63% of the overall production for rice, while corn damage would take up 1.2% of the overall production of the crop.

With these figures, the agriculture chief said the agency would keep the production target of 20 million metric tons. This is already lower by about 500,000 metrics tons from the previous target.

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