‘Vinta’ destroys P33M worth of rice, fish and seaweed farms in Zamboanga City
The Office of the City Agriculture has reported that 951.2 hectares of agricultural and fishery areas with an estimated P32.35 million worth of products were destroyed by Tropical Storm Vinta in this city.
Several areas in the Zamboanga region were affected by storm that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Dec. 22, 2017.
City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat stated in a report to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar that 710 local farmers were affected by the storm.
Palacat said 224 of the 710 were rice and crop farmers covering 193.2 hectares of farmlands in the barangays of Vitali, Mangusu, Licomo, and Tictapul.
He said the remaining 486 were fishpond and seaweed farmers from the barangays of Licomo, Tictapul, Vitali, Limaong, and Taguite with reported fishery damages in more than 758 hectares.
He said assistance will be provided to the affected farmers to help them recoup their losses.
Socorro Rojas, head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) reported that six barangays in the second congressional district were affected, with 763 families consisting of 3,850 individuals displaced.
The second congressional district is locally known as the east coast of this city.
CSWDO records showed that at least 12 houses were washed out by the flash floods while 24 were partially damaged. (PNA)