Agri loses P11B from 3 typhoons

Published November 16, 2020, 1:11 PM

by Madelaine B. Miraflor

The agriculture sector sustained roughly P11 billion in losses from the three typhoons -Ulysses, Rolly, Quinta – that hit the country in just a span three weeks, affecting more than a hundred thousand farmers and fishermen.

Data from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) showed that as of Monday, the total damage and losses that the farm sector incurred due to Typhoon Ulysses now stood at P2.53 billion.

The recorded damage from Ulysses, which made landfall in the country last Thursday and is now considered as the deadliest typhoon that hit the country this year, so far covered 71,466 hectares of agricultural areas with volume of production loss at 109,117 metric tons (MT).  

The number of affected fisherfolk and farmers of different commodities stood at 73,181. The affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, fisheries, livestock and poultry.

Irrigation facilities, machinery and equipment, and agricultural infrastructures in Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Bicol Region were also destroyed by the typhoon.

DA Regional Field Offices in the affected areas are continuously conducting Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA) to assess and validate damage and losses in the agriculture and fisheries sector, DA said.  

In the next few days, the DA will distribute rice, corn, and assorted vegetable seed reserves in the affected areas, while drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry are also being prepared.

Loans under the Agricultural Credit Policy Council’s (ACPC) Survival and Recovery (SURE) program and indemnification fund from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will also be provided to farmers.

As of Friday, the combined amount of damage and losses that the farm sector incurred from Quinta and Rolly already stood at P8.46 billion, with as many as 106,540 farmers and fisherfolk affected.  

According to the DA, 223,772 hectares of agricultural areas in CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA were affected by these two typhoons, which hit the country in the span of two weeks.

Production loss from Quinta and Rolly stood at 326,566 MT, with rice, corn, abaca, coconut, fisheries, and livestock as the most affected agricultural crops.