Typhoon Rosita leaves nearly P2B damage, losses to farm sector
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the agriculture sector has incurred damages and losses worth P1.82 billion due to Typhoon Rosita, which hit some parts of northern Luzon last week.
The typhoon, according to DA, affected a total of 90,052 hectares of agricultural areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions I, II and III with an estimated volume of production loss at 98,060 metric tons (MT).
“The increase in values is attributed to the reports of CAR, Regions I and II. These values are subject to validation,” DA said.
The damages and losses for rice recorded the most increase with an amount of P1.39 billion, affecting 4,921 farmers in Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Zambales.
This commodity also contributes mainly to the overall damages and losses at 76.67 percent.
The affected area is now at 76,696 hectares out of the total rice standing crop of 543,993 hectares, while the volume of production loss is at 73,337 MT.
Most of the affected rice crops are on their reproductive stage, which were mostly reported as partially damaged.
Damages and losses for corn, on the other hand, now amount to P47.02 million, affecting 6,824 farmers in the provinces of Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya.
The affected area is 6,317 hectares out of the total corn standing crop of 96,030 hectares. The estimated volume of production loss is at 519 MT. Most of the affected corn crops are on their seedling stage.
As for high value crops, the amount of damages and losses has increased to P373.86 million, affecting 7,375 farmers with 7,040 hectares of area and an estimated production loss volume of 24,203 MT.
Affected crops include coffee, fruit trees (banana, mango and rambutan) and assorted vegetables in Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. These crops are mostly on their reproductive stage.
There are also reported damages in livestock amounting to P2.51 million affecting 20,408 heads (20,334 poultry, 55 swine, 15 goat and 4 sheep) and 81 farmers in the province of Isabela.
Meanwhile, damages have also been reported in fisheries that total to P881,000.
Those affected in fisheries include sea urchin produce, lift nets, payao and facilities (Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC), Regional Mariculture Technodemo Center (RMATDEC), and Integrated Fisheries Laboratory (IFL)) in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan affecting 12 fisherfolk.