A TOTAL of 133,292 hectares planted to rice in six regions were not adversely affected by the onslaught of typhoon Quinta and the heavy rains brought by the tail-end of a frontal system.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Department of Agriculture (DA) citing that its early advisory to farmers in CAR, II, III, IV-A, VI, and VII helped minimize the damages and losses in the agricultural products.
The estimated production from these hectares of farm lands is recorded at 530,593 metric tons (MT), valued at P7.66-billion.
As for corn, a total of 26,910 hectares were also “saved” in Regions II and VI, with an equivalent production of 109,364 MT, worth P1.31 B.
Due to continuous rains, water levels in dams and rivers increased, flooding farms and adjacent areas.
The DA, however, said that the agricultural and fishery damage and losses are currently being validated in affected regions.
The respective DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs) are set to help affected farmers and fisherfolk, like provision of seeds of rice and corn; drugs and biologics for affected livestock and poultry animals; Quick Response Fund to rehabilitate affected areas; emergency loans under the SURE-Aid program of the DA’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); and prompt payment of insurance claims through the DA’s Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).