Farmer Jack Imperial woke to a picture of devastation after ash spewed from a volcano in the Philippines - his verdant green pineapple field had been transformed to a dirty dark grey. Mr Imperial said his chances of salvaging produce from his 1-hectare (2.5-acre) farm were small and, in any case, there was no one to sell them to with tourists avoiding the Tagaytay area on the archipelago's biggest island Luzon, 32 km (20 miles) from the Taal volcano.
Damage to agriculture caused by the eruption of the Taal Volcano has now reached P577.59 million, the government reported Tuesday afternoon. According to the latest available data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the amount of damage has been raised from the previous report of P74.55 million, as an estimated 2,772 hectares have been affected, covering commodities such as rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops.
The government should hasten the provision of assistance to rice farmers affected by the rice tariffication law as the brunt of losses will continue to be felt in the next five years, according to state-run think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Citing a recent study, PIDS senior research fellow Roehlano Briones said that despite the positive impact to consumers, palay farmers will experience significant loses in the next five up to 10 years.
The damage brought by Typhoon Ursula to the agriculture sector has reached more than P500 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). In its typhoon monitoring bulletin, the DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operations Center said total damage reached P571.58 million, including affected 43,442 farmers and fisherfolk and 4,644 hectares of rice, corn and cassava.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported an estimated damage to agriculture from the onset of Typhoon Tisoy in CALABARZON and the Bicol Region which reached to P530-million. Based on initial assessment received by the Department, around 3,800 farmers and over 14,000 hectares of farm land were affected by the typhoon.
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