‘Agaton’ agricultural damage now at P2.3B – DA
MANILA, Philippines — The estimated damage to agriculture in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Agaton was placed at P2.3 billion on Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
Apart from the damage and losses that ballooned from Tuesday’s P1.4 billion, the amount of volume loss also doubled to 70,064 metric tons (MT), from Tuesday’s 35,258 MT, affecting a total of 54,013 farmers and fishers, and 25,632 hectares of agricultural land, the DA in its latest report said.
Meanwhile, rice crops continued to be the most affected commodity totaling a volume loss of 56,095 MT worth P947.3 million.
Corn also suffered a 1,889 MT volume loss worth P53.2 million.
On the other hand, high-value crops, particularly vegetables, cacao, and fruits, suffered a volume loss of 12,080 MT worth P241.8 million.
An estimated loss of P37.5 million, or 71,893 heads of livestock and poultry was also reported.
Fisheries were also affected, particularly produce, fishing boats, gears, and engines, with estimated total damage worth P778.6 million, affecting 2,585 fishers.
Irrigation and agri-facilities such as communal irrigation systems, and irrigation canals also sustained damage worth P203.3 million.
It has been exactly a week since “Agaton” dissipated, after ravaging parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. It also claimed the lives of at least 175, and affected over 2 million individuals.
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