Typhoon Ambo incurs P1-B damage to agri sector
The total amount of damage and losses caused by Typhoon Ambo in the agriculture sector has already increased to P1.04 billion, with 21,655 affected farmers and fisherfolk in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol and Eastern Visayas Regions.
In a statement, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Ambo, the first typhoon to make a landfall in the Philippines this year, already resulted to production loss of 62,228 metric tons (MT).
Ambo is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today.
DA said the vast increase in damage is due to the updated reports from CALABARZON, Bicol and Eastern Visayas Regions, and additional reports from Central Luzon.
Of the P1-billion damage, 73 percent came from the reports on high value crops, of which 87 percent are banana and papaya in Quezon province.
Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops (assorted vegetables, banana and papaya), livestock, and fisheries (fish stock, facilities and equipment).