Typhoon Ursula seen hitting agri sector badly
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said that given the track of of Tropical Storm Ursula, some thousands of hectares of farms and thousands of metric tons of agriculture output will be hit.
“The area of standing crops that may be affected by the Tropical Storm in Regions IV-A, MIMAROPA, V, VI, VII, VIII and Caraga total to 356,640 hectares with 318,694 hectares for rice and 37,946 hectares for corn,” DA said.
“For rice, areas under reproductive and maturity stages are 105,682 ha (33 percent) and 62,552 ha (19 percent), respectively. While for corn, areas under reproductive and maturity stages are 10,466 ha (28 percent) and 8,432 ha (22 percent), respectively,” it added.
In a statement two days ago, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar urged farmers to harvest their mature crops immediately, and in other cases delay planting until weather conditions are favorable for planting.
Yesterday, occasional to frequent heavy rain was experienced over Dinagat Islands, Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands, Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, northern and central Cebu, northern Negros Provinces, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras and Romblon. Meanwhile, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rain is forecasted over the rest of Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Visayas and Surigao del Norte.