Recent heavy rains and flooding brought by Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Falcon have left a total of almost P19 million worth of damage and crop production losses in Negros Occidental. Final report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) showed that the figure comprises 1,636 affected farmers with 2,580-hectare of rice and corn plantation in 61 barangays of seven localities.
The recent onslaught of Tropical Storm Falcon that enhanced the Southwest Monsoon has brought P15.4 million worth of damage and production losses to the agriculture sector of Negros Occidental. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), in its progress report, said the rice crop losses have climbed to about P14.6 million.
The Commission on Audit (COA) disclosed that the National Dairy Authority (NDA) lost P122.465 million “due to the death or loss” of 883 of the 5,096 heads of dairy animals dispersed to several recipients. COA lamented that the beneficiaries of the Palit-Baka Scheme have failed to insure the animals with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation as required under the memorandum of agreement (MOA).
Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte provinces recorded a total of more than P998 million worth of damaged high-value crops and livestock as the El Niño phenomenon continues to affect the region. Davao del Norte has been hit hardest as it posted partial and unofficial damage of P651.23 million based on the record of the Department of Agriculture-Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DA-DRRM).
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