By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — The Department of Agriculture (DA) said that damage to agriculture caused by the rains and floods due to shear line and northeast monsoon in MIMAROPA, Bicol, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions has already reached P315.3 million.
In the DA’s latest report, it said that among those affected are 10,182 farmers and lost production that will reach 3,049 metric tons (MT) and plantations that will reach 15,566 hectares.
“Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, livestock and poultry,” the DA said.
According to the DA, the biggest damage was recorded in rice fields where P297.4 million was reportedly damaged.
Damage to corn reached P16.1 million, P1.7 million to high value crops; and P174,300 for pigs and chickens.
A shear line is the convergence of cold and warm winds according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).