MORE than P67 million worth of agricultural products have been damaged by the onslaught of typhoon Pepito which hit the provinces of Cagayan Valley, in Central,Luzon and CALABARZON.
In its report, the Department of Agriculture said the total amount of damage in agricultural products was recorded at P67.57-million from said provinces.
The volume of production loss was recorded at 4,672 metric tons, affecting 7,704 hectares and 5,998 farmers. The affected commodities were rice, corn, high value crops and livestock and poultry.
The DA Regional Field Offices in the affected regions have available 91,067 bags of rice, 3,825 bags of corn, and 384 kgs of assorted vegetable seed reserves to be distributed to the affected farmers who are ready to replant.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar assured that they will fast-track the delivery of interventions to affected farmers.
The following assistance from the department are available to farmers and fisherfolk affected which include the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of areas to be affected by the tropical cyclone; seed reserves from Regions II, III, and IV-A; Survival and Recovery (SURE) Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); and available funds from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to indemnify affected farmers.
The concerned DA RFOs are currently conducting monitoring and field validation of the affected areas.