Agri sector bleeds P14B losses due to Typhoon Ompong
The forecast of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on how much damage Typhoon Ompong would incur the country’s agriculture sector just became a reality.
As of yesterday, DA said the damages and losses to the agriculture sector caused by Typhoon Ompong already went up to P 14.27 billion, affecting a total of 553,704 hectares of agricultural areas with an estimated volume of production loss at 731,294 metric tons.
The increase in the overall damages and losses are attributed to the reports in Regions CAR and II. Affected sectors are rice, corn, high value crops and livestock.
Rice contribute to the largest share of losses at 62.82 percent with an amount of P8.97 billion and 435,997 metric tons (MT) volume of production loss. This is equivalent to 8.64 days rice consumption of the country.
The affected area is 397,204 hectares or 39.91 percent of the total rice standing crops of CAR, Regions I, II, III and IV-A, which is 995,218 hectares.
Most of the affected rice crops are reported to be partially damaged and are on its reproductive stage affecting a total of 212,491 farmers.
There is also a vast increase in the production losses reported in corn, which is attributed to the reports from Regions CAR and II.
Damages and losses for the said commodity now amount to P4.50 billion, affecting a total of 148,587 hectares with estimated volume of production loss at 281,039 MT. Most of the affected crops are on their reproductive stage, which were reported as partially damaged.
Meanwhile, the losses in high value crops also increased, which amounted to P788.13 million affecting 7,913 hectares in Region CAR and the Provinces of Rizal, Cagayan and Isabela.
The volume of production loss is at 14,258 MT, which are mostly on their reproductive stage.
As for livestock, losses have been reported in Region CAR, with 20,316 animal heads affected (103 heads in livestock and 20,213 heads in poultry), amounting to P5.51 million or 1.01 percent of the overall damages and losses.
Damages in irrigation facilities still amount to P15.72 million, affecting Small-Water Impounding Projects (SWIP), Impounding Dams and Spillways in Ilocos Norte.