The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has stated that Visayas -one of the three principal geographical divisions of the nation- will experience a dry season in the first quarter of the year. Therefore, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) urged farmers to shift to high-value crops in preparation for the El Niño phenomenon.
A total of 18,005 enrolled rice and corn farmers in Negros Occidental received indemnity claims from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) amounting to almost PHP87 million in 2018. Jose Ma. Torres, head of PCIC-Negros Occidental Provincial Extension Office, said on Wednesday the claims were paid through the government’s various insurance programs.
Damage to agriculture in areas hit by Tropical Depression “Usman” has climbed to P956.63mn, the latest report from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed. According to the DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center (DA-DRRMOC), among the areas affected by the typhoon were Quezon Province, Oriental Mindoro, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Samar and Leyte.
Damages to agriculture brought about by Tropical Depression “Usman” has breached the PHP1-billion mark, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Monday. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the DA Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operation Center recorded PHP1.08 billion in damages and losses, with an estimated volume production of 23,853 metric tons (MT) affecting 54,345 hectares of farm lands.
The damage to agriculture inflicted by typhoon Rosita (international name: Yutu) hit P2.60 billion, affecting 103,605 hectares of land in the Cordillera Administrative region and Regions 1 to 3, based on estimates issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (DRRMC).
A total of P2.34 billion worth of agricultural crops were damaged in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Northern Luzon, which were hit hard by typhoon “Rosita” (Yutu) last week, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. Latest data from the DA-Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Operation Center showed a total of 98,413 hectares of agricultural land in Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (2), Central Luzon (3), and CAR suffered an estimated volume of production loss of 120,500 metric tons (MT).
Powerful Typhoon ''Rosita'' has left a heart-rending trace of destruction in lives and the agriculture sector, with more than 90,000 hectares of land smashed in the Cordilleras, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Saturday the agriculture sector damage had reached, as of weekend, P1.82 billion although the figure had yet to be validated.
Damage to rice production in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 3 (Central Luzon) that were hit by Typhoon Rosita reached PHP112.01 million on Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. In its report as of Oct. 31, the DA-Disaster and Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Operation Center said the affected area is 7,429 hectares out of the total rice standing crop of 543,993 hectares, while the volume of production loss is at 6,560 metric tons.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) is fast-tracking the processing and payment of crop insurance claims of farmers from disaster-stricken provinces to help them get back on track. As of Wednesday, some 43,000 farmers from Typhoon Ompong-affected Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte in Region 1, and Abra, Benguet and Mountain Province from the Cordillera region, have already filed for the insurance claim with the PCIC.
Farmers adversely affected by typhoon “Ompong” (Mangkhut) can expect a speedy release of insurance money assistance from the government. This was the assurance given by Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) President Jovy Bernabe in the corporation’s preliminary report submitted to Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol.
Farm sector damage caused by Typhoon Ompong has reached P26.7 billion, the highest since Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) wrought havoc in 2013 and caused P35 billion in production losses, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). The DA report said about 517,175 hectares of rice farms were affected by Ompong, with an estimated production loss of about 765,484 metric tons (MT).
Rice production loss in Negros Occidental already reached P4.862 million as of Wednesday, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) reported. The crop loss was due to the storm-enhanced monsoon rains that hit the province over the weekend. The OPA reported on Monday the crop damage reaching P3.8 million, affecting the cities of San Carlos, Cadiz and Bago, and the town of Moises Padilla.
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