DA: Over 900,000 rice, corn fields may affected by Rolly

Published November 1, 2020, 10:41 AM

by Richa Noriega

Over 900,000 standing crops of rice and corn fields may be affected by super typhoon “Rolly” (international name “Goni”), the Department of Agriculture (DA) said  Saturday.

A handout photo taken on October 31, 2020 from the Facebook page of Philippine Coast Guard, shows personnels from the coast guard evacuating residents from the coastal villages of Buhi town, Camarines Sur province, south of Manila, to a safer place, ahead of Typhoon Goni’s landfall. ( Philippine Coast Guard / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“As of today, based on the combined data of CAR, Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and VIII, the area of standing crops that may be affected by TY “ROLLY” totals to 928,324 for rice and 58,341 hectares for corn,” the department said in a statement.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has urged the farmers to harvest their mature crops immediately and delay planting until weather and field conditions are favorable.

Dar advised fisherfolk  to secure their fish cages, fishponds, and fish stocks,  as well as their bancas onshore or anchor in sheltered areas. They were also warned to refrain from fishing if rough sea conditions prevail.

Dar said he has  instructed the DA-Regional Field Officers (RFOs) to enforce appropriate measures to minimize damage to crops, livestock and poultry, aquaculture, and infrastructure facilities, including harm to farmers, fishers, other rural folk, and their families.

The department added that the DA RFOs on the track of the tropical cyclone are performing the following: Activation of DA regional DRRM operation centers, coordination with the local government units and other regional DRRM-related offices, monitoring of actual field situation for possible damage that may be incurred in agri-fisheries, and prepositioning of seeds for rice and corn, drugs, and biologics for livestock and poultry.