Crop damage caused by Tropical Depression Auring (international name: Dujuan) was estimated at P21.56 million by the Department of Agriculture (DA). In a Tuesday bulletin, the DA said 1,756 hectares of farmland and 240 farmers were affected by Tropical Depression Auring. Affected commodities include rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock and fisheries.
Thousands of onions planted on 1,500 hectares of farmland in Bayambang, Pangasinan province, were destroyed after armyworms attacked, a local media reported today. About 66 villages were affected by the pest. The local government will use its calamity fund to help the 1,400 farmers whose livelihoods were impacted by what occurred.
The Philippine government has detected a shortfall in the nation’s vegetable supply for this year. Although Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Noel Reyes assured that there is enough vegetable supply in the country, but his agency’s latest food supply outlook offered a different picture.
Armyworms have damaged crops on at least 700 hectares of onion farms in Pangasinan province, which has resulted in reduced production and prices going up since last month. While the extent of the damage had yet to be determined, farm gate price of onions rose from P40 a kilo in December 2020 to P45 a kilo this month.
Crop damage caused by Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) has nearly doubled to P2.11 billion as of Sunday, from the prior estimate of P1.17 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. In a bulletin early Sunday, the DA said the storm resulted in the loss of 93,219 metric tons (MT) of farm produce across 58,320 hectares, affecting 62,533 farmers.
Some 80,000 farmers in six regions in the Philippines incurred losses amounting to P5.5 billion (€93.5 mln) from the combined damage caused by Typhoon Quinta and and Super-typhoon Rolly that have struck the island nation in recent weeks. According to Department of Agriculture (DA) figures, said Quinta and Rolly affected 154,251 hectares of agricultural areas with an estimated production volume loss of 272,240 tons.
Agricultural damage caused by Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) is now estimated at P2 billion, up from the previous tally of P1.75 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). In a virtual briefing Tuesday, DA Field Operations Service Director Roy M. Abaya said that the typhoon caused the loss of some 116,962 metric tons (MT) of produce, while 30,094 farmers and fisherfolk were affected.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Visayas called on fisherfolks in the region to register with their respective City or Municipal Agriculture Office of the local government unit or the Provincial Fishery Offices of BFAR to listed under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and accounted in the BFAR’s Fisherfolk Registration system in order to avail of post-disaster livelihood projects and insurance programs.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has tapped Swiss firm Satsure AG to improve its crop insurance program by using satellite technology to fast-track monitoring and delivery of indemnification to disaster-hit farmers. The DA said it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Satsure AG through the Planters Products Inc. last June 8 “to provide better crop insurance in the country.”
Typhoon Vongfong caused about P185.83 million in damages across three regions, destroying rice, corn and high-value crops and killing livestock, according to the Agriculture department. In a statement, the agency said losses had been reported in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.
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