Vinta’s damage to agri sector nearly doubles to P235M
The damage that Typhoon Vinta has caused the country’s agriculture sector already grew from P177 million to P235 million so far, mostly hitting the country’s main staples, rice and corn.
As of posting time, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said that the damages and losses caused by Typhoon Vinta into the agriculture sector so far amounts to P234.91 million, affecting a total of 29,240 hectares of agricultural areas in Region 9, 11, and 12 with an estimated volume production loss of 4,803 metric tons.
According to DA, the mostly affected commodities are rice and corn.
Based on the latest data, there was an overall increase in the amount of losses in rice, which is attributed to the reported losses of Region 9 and 13.
Rice now accounts to P137.37 million or 58.47 percent of the total losses. Area affected is at 15,847 hectares or 5 percent of the total standing crop of 314,947 hectares. The volume loss only amount to 655 metric tons.
Corn, on the other hand, contributes the second largest share of losses at 38.58 percent or P90.62 million. The affected area is 3,392 hectares, which is equivalent to 0.76 percent of the total standing crop of 448,394 hectares.
The volume loss incurred is at 4,079 metric tons by which majority of these crops are on reproductive, maturity, and harvestable stages.