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Central Luzon rice farmers recover from natural disasters

PAMPANGA, Philippines – Rice farmers in Central Luzon who had been hit by successive natural disasters last year are seeing a glimmer of hope.

About 18,900 of these farmers who were able to re-plant their damaged farms with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) are now reaping their first harvest for the year.

Central Luzon was among the hardest hit in terms of damage to agriculture, with total production losses estimated at over $175 million. Many of the farmers who lost their newly harvested and ready-to-harvest rice to Typhoon Lando and Nona already suffered from the impacts of dry spells and drought earlier in 2015.

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