Agri damages from ‘Gener,’ monsoon rain reach P172.77-M

DAMAGES to the farm sector by storm Gener and southwest monsoon has reached P172.77 Million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Joel Rudinas, DA undersecretary for operations, in a report said, the value of loss was estimated at P 152.13 M with the biggest loss from the rice sector (P131.49 hectares), followed by the corn sector (P7.74 M), high value crops (P 10.62 M) and fisheries (P 2.28 M).

As of August 7, 2012 damages to agriculture attributed to Typhoon Gener and Southwest monsoons were reported in 20 provinces in Luzon and Visayas (Regions I, II, III, VI, and CAR).

He said affected were 25,958 hectares of crop lands.

Rice areas affected were 24,780 hectares in 18 provinces. Most of these are in the seedling/vegetative stage and with chance to recover. Deemed lost were 3,355 MT of palay from the 3,902 hectares in reproductive/maturity stage, he said.

Only 1,904 hectares were completely damaged while 22,876 hectares have chance to recover.

Cagayan suffered the biggest loss valued at P 36 M, followed by Pampanga at P 32 M, Bulacan at P 26 M and Bataan at 14 M, he said.

Corn areas affected were 1,035 hectares in six provinces. The areas are mostly with chances of recovery. Deemed lost were 666 MT corn from the 574 hectares in reproductive stage. Most affected were the provinces of Cagayan and Kalinga. Only 20 hectares were completely damaged.

High value crops damage were reported in Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan. Estimated lost were some 733 MT of HVC valued at P 10.62 M. Of the affected areas of 143 hectares, only 1 hectare was with no chance to recover.

Effects to fisheries were reported in Pangasinan and Cagayan due to damaged fishponds and fish cages with value of loss placed at P 2.28 M.

Rudinas said DA is continuing to gather reports with concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) on production losses as well as damage to infrastructures that are caused by the on-going Southwest monsoon.

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