Davao drought recovery plan costs P300M
The Davao region will need P300 million to recover from the effects of the El Niño.
The Philippine Information Agency reported that the estimate is based on the recovery plan submitted by 10 local government units in the region.
The Department of Agriculture-Davao region estimated damage to rice at P219 million, to corn at P77 million, and to high value crops at P15 million.
Joedel Leliza, of the DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, said rainfall level is still below normal level in the region despite the rains.
The DA is providing P43 million worth of planting materials. A bag of corn and rice seeds is good for 1 hectare of planting area.
If planted now, harvests are expected to come by September.
In Zamboanga del Norte, the drought has damaged P154.7 million in agriculture.
In Kidapawan City, over 20,000 drought-hit families will receive rice calamity assistance from DSWD 12 and the city government of Davao.