Typhoon Ambo’s damage to farm sector rise to P1.56B
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said that the amount of damage and losses the farm sector incurred from Typhoon Ambo have increased from P1.14 billion to P1.56 billion.
This, as production loss also went up to 69,935 metric tons (MT), with 28,476 hectares affected agricultural areas and 45,430 farmers and fisherfolk now seeking aid from the government.
High value crops still recorded the most damage and losses among the commodities affected at 73 percent or P 1.13 billion. Of this, banana is the most affected with a production loss worth P726.23 million, followed by papaya which is now reeling from a yield loss of 214.98 million.
Other affected agriculture commodities are rice, corn, fisheries, livestock and other assorted fruits and vegetables.
The increase in the total damage and losses are attributed to the updated reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas Regions. The amount also includes reports from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).