MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday said agricultural damage and losses incurred due to Tropical Depression (TD) Auring is now at PHP21.56 million affecting 240 farmers and 1,756 hectares of farmlands nationwide.
“The affected commodities include rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock and fisheries in Caraga Region. The increase in values is attributed to the additional reports from Caraga. These values are still subject to validation.” DA said in its report.
The DA reported that around 12,538 hectares of rice have been harvested from Regions 3, 4-A, 4-B, 8 and 10 with an equivalent production of 71,840 metric tons (MT) amounting to PHP1.31 billion due to the early advisories.
For corn, a total of 3,201 hectares have been harvested from Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6 and 11 with an equivalent production of 6,296 MT amounting to PHP94.42 million.
The DA regional field office in Caraga has rolled out some PHP5.44 million worth of interventions to facilitate the early recovery of farmers and fisherfolk affected by the weather disturbance.
Meanwhile, DA said they have available Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas; 51,070 bags of rice seeds, 7,029 bags of corn seeds; and 17,576 kgs of assorted vegetable seeds from Regions 3, 4-A, 4-B, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13.
They also have available drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry needs as well as fish stocks from Regions 11 and 13 amounting to a total of PHP1.48 billion.
Farmers are also encouraged to apply for the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).
“The Department is in close coordination with concerned LGUs (local government units) and other DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction Management)-related offices for the impact of ‘Auring’. Close monitoring is also ongoing for further damage(s) and losses that may be incurred in the agri-fisheries sector,” the DA said. (PNA)