MANILA, May 19, 2020, The Manila Times. The initial damage to agriculture by typhoon “Ambo” was estimated at P1.14 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday. Latest data from its Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Operation Center (DRRMOC) showed that the volume of production loss was at 65,824 metric tons (MT), affecting 25,404 hectares of agricultural areas, and 37,714 farmers and fisherfolk.
It said that high value crops were damaged the most with 69 percent or P793.15 million of the losses coming from bananas, P525.10 million; assorted vegetables, P170.38 million; and papaya at P97.67 million.
Rice accounted for 16 percent or P184.58 million of the total loss, and corn at 10 percent or P117.11 million.Other affected commodities were fisheries, P25.47 million, and livestock P23.39 million.
Affected areas include Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Bicol, Eastern Visayas Regions, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan).
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said P700 million under its Quick Response Fund (QRF) was ready for the rehabilitation of affected areas.
The agency also prepositioned 109,586 bags of rice seeds, 10,116 bags of corn seeds, 1,195 kilos of assorted vegetable seeds to be distributed to affected food growers, he added.
The agriculture chief said the DA also readied drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry needs. Dar further assured that there was enough funds from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify farmers.