Farm sector reels P17B losses due to Typhoon Ompong
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the damages and losses to the farm sector caused by Typhoon “Ompong” have already reached P16.76 billion, affecting a total of 636,908 hectares of agricultural areas and incurring production loss of 853,739 metric tons (MT).
The increase in the overall damages and losses are attributed to the reports from Regions I, II, III and IV-A.
Damages and losses in rice have particularly surged to P11.45 billion, still contributing to the largest share of damages and losses at 68.30 percent.
The affected area is 474,838 hectares or 47.71 percent of the 995,218 hectares rice standing crops in CAR, Regions I, II, III and IV-A.
With 558,441 MT volume of production loss, the high amount of volume loss in rice is due to these affected crops that are mostly on their reproductive stage.
Meanwhile, damages and losses in fisheries amounted to a total of P6.94 million for the fish production and facilities/equipment.
Some of the damaged facilities were tilapia fish ponds, fish cages, FRP boats, dikes and breeding tanks in Region II.
As of DA’s last update, there were no changes in the damages and losses in corn, high value crops, livestock and poultry and irrigation facilities.