Henry, Inday incur P600-M losses to agri, fisheries sectors
The damages and losses to the agriculture and fisheries sector caused by both Tropical Storm “Henry” and Severe Tropical Storm “Inday” already amounted to P565.19 million as of this weekend.
This was reported by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The rice sector particularly suffered P428.03 million in losses as 26,667 hectares of rice paddies were damaged in the provinces of Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Occidental Mindoro, Negros Occidental and Aklan with an estimated volume of production loss at 314 metric tons.
Seedbeds were also affected wherein a total of 1,338 bags of rice were reportedly washed out.
The production loss in corn is now estimated at P1 million affecting a total of 60 hectares in the municipalities of Asingan and Binalonan, Pangasinan with estimated production volume loss of 61 metric tons.
Meanwhile, damages and losses in fisheries amounted to a total of P136.16 million for the fish production and facilities. These include fishing gears and paraphernalia from CAR, Regions II, III and CaLaBaRZon.
The affected Regional Field Offices (RFOs) have prepositioned a total of 114,596 bags of rice seed buffer-stocks to be distributed to affected farmers in CAR, Regions I, II and VI (Certified- 76,414 bags, Hybrid- 35,980 bags, RS- 205 bags and GSR- 1,997 bags).
For corn, a total of 10,472 bags and 578 kilograms of vegetable seeds are for distribution.
“Affected fishermen will also receive assistance from the Department of Agriculture,” DA said.