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P124.3M agri products damaged by ‘Ulysses’

AN initial amount of P124.3-million of agricultural products have been damaged by typhoon Ulysses.

In its Bulletin 8 on typhoon Ulysses, the Department of Agriculture said the damage and losses were reported from the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR),

Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Bicol Region wherein 5,085 farmers were affected and 19,453 hectares of agricultural areas.

According to the report, the volume of production loss was recorded at 8,475 metric tons affecting commodities include rice, corn, high value crops and livestock.

The DA, however, said that due to its early advisory, a total of 69,716 hectares of rice has been saved from CAR and Regions II, III and IV-A, with an equivalent production of 341,812 M5, amounting to P5.48B.

As for corn, a total of 1,550 hectares were saved from Regions I, II, and III, with an equivalent production of 6,758 metric tons amounting to P85.62M.

The DA, on the other hand, assured affected farmers and fishers that they will be provided with assistance which includes prepositioned rice, corn and assorted vegetable seed reserves from DA-regional field offices (RFOs); drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry; Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); and Indemnification fund from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to pay for the losses incurred.

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