The damage brought by Tropical Storm ‘Maring’ that affected a total of 29,063 farmers and fishers, the Department of Agriculture disclosed on Thursday, Oct 14.
The department, quoting initial report, added that the the onslaught of the weather disturbance also resulted in the loss of 36,354 metric tons (MT) and 32,882 hectares of agricultural areas amounting to an estimated P608.50 million.
The affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, livestock, and fisheries.
The agency received reports of damage and losses in various regions, including Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol Region and Western Visayas.
In order to cushion the impact of the effects of “Maring”, the DA has started providing assistance to affected farmers and fishers with its Quick Response Fund (QRF) amounting to P172 million for rehabilitation of affected areas, while providing a total of 168,998 bags of rice seeds, 16,601 bags of corn seeds, and 1,480kgs of assorted vegetables from the affected regions.
Also, the department provided medicines for livestock and poultry needs, as well as emergency loan assistance from Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) totaling to P500 million wherein an amount of up to P20,000 will be provided with zero interest and no collateral that is payable in 10 years. The available funds are from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify affected farmers.
Prior to the storm, a total area of 28,952 hectares of rice have been harvested from Regions I and II with an equivalent production of 141,635 metric tons amounting to P2.08 billion. Also harvested was corn with a total of 13,776 hectares from Region II with an equivalent production of 55,654 metric tons amounting to P779.15 million.