Farm damage due to Mayon activity hits P160M

Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2018 03:19 PM

Ash fall due to the activity of the Mayon Volcano has damaged crops in farms around Albay. Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News

Ash fall due to the activity of the Mayon Volcano has damaged crops in farms around Albay. Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News

Ash fall due to the activity of the Mayon Volcano has damaged crops in farms around Albay. Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News

LEGAZPI, Albay - Ash fall triggered by Mayon Volcano's activity has cost P160 million in damage to farms, officials from the Albay Provincial Agricultural Services said Wednesday.

Ash from the eruption of the Mayon Volcano covered mostly rice paddies, officials said.

The government is set to launch a "seedling distribution" program for affected farmers as soon as the volcano stops spewing lava and ash plumes, which began earlier this week.

Provincial officials are also planning other rehabilitation methods for affected farms. 

As of Wednesday, the Philippines' most active volcano continued to spew thick pillars of smoke and ash.

The lava fountain gushed up to 3 to 5 kilometers, while the ash column drifted westward towards the second and third districts of Albay, said Ed Laguerta of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. 

At least 40,000 residents living near the foot of the volcano have fled their homes as alert level 4, the second highest warning in a 5-tier alert system, remains hoisted over parts of the province.