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.
Filipino exporters expect their banana shipments to drop by as much as 40 percent in terms of volume this year as output is drastically reduced by Fusarium Wilt and a drought, with the aggravating impact of COVID-19 on trade. Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) Executive Director Stephen A. Antig said the 40 percent reduction is a worst-case scenario, considering the extent of damage to plantations by Fusarium wilt or Panama disease, coupled by the drought experienced in Mindanao.
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.
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