'Dante's' damage to agriculture now at P82.46M

Published June 4, 2021, 7:58 PM

by Betheena Unite

The latest figures from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Friday night, June 4, showed that tropical storm “Dante” has caused at least P82.46 million in agricultural damage to the country.


Based on the department’s assessment report released at around 6 p.m., the losses to agriculture are now pegged at P82.46 million, up by nearly P20 million from Thursday’s figure. A total of 2,132 farmers have been affected by Dante, the DA said.

The losses covered 2,949 hectares (ha) of agricultural areas in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN and Caraga. This translates to 3,060 metric tons worth of lost production.

The affected commodities include rice, corn, and other high value crops, even fisheries.

Meanwhile, 86,448 metric tons of produce amounting to P1.59 billion were harvested early in the bid to prevent further agricultural losses.

This covered around 20,000 ha of rice in Regions I, II, III, IV-A and VI. As for corn, a total of 7,758 ha have been harvested from Regions I and Mimaropa, with an equivalent production of 42,365 metric tons valued at P720 million.