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Agricultural losses due to typhoon seen at P830M

December 05, 2006 03:29:00
Christine A. Gaylican
Inquirer

LOSSES to agriculture in 13 provinces because of last week's Typhoon "Reming" (international codename: Durian) are estimated at P830 million, the Department of Agriculture said.

A report from the department's Field Operations Division showed areas planted to rice, corn, coconut and high-value crops, livestock and poultry, fisheries and irrigation facilities and other related infrastructure, were destroyed when the supertyphoon hit the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Carmarines Sur and Norte, Sorsogon and Masbate in the southeast of Manila.

Also badly hit were farmlands and manmade structures in the provinces of Quezon, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Mindoro Occidental, Marinduque and Romblon, the reports said.

There is little chance of recovering the lost produce and fish output, said Jesus Emmanuel Paras, undersecretary for operations.

Around 23,000 hectares planted to rice, with an estimated yield of 37,000 metric tons, were ruined, according to the report submitted to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap.

The province of Camarines Norte accounted for most of the damage.

Paras also said 3,200 50-kilogram bags of rice worth P1.7 million stored in the warehouses of the National Food Authority in Albay were lost along with the built structures.

Corn farms in Occidental Mindoro, Albay and Camarines Sur, totaling 7,348 hectares, were also severely damaged, the report said.

The corn farms have a potential yield of 4,000 metric tons. Farmers from the area estimate their losses at P61 million, the report said.

Similarly, 44,000 hectares of coconut farms in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Quezon were also damaged, and losses are valued at P53.5 million.

Some P229 million worth of high-value commercial crops, mainly fruits and vegetables, aside from fishery and livestock, were destroyed in Laguna, Rizal and Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon.

Damaged irrigation facilities and related infrastructures will need P70 million to be restored, the report said.

“Reming” was the 18th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

The combined impact of "Reming" and Typhoon “Milenyo,” which struck in late September, will have a significant effect on the growth of the agriculture sector in the fourth quarte, said Romeo Recide, director of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics. With INQ7.net

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