Yield losses for corn due to Typhoon Bopha has pushed the government to raise imports of said crop by 85,000 tons, a report issued by a US Department of Agriculture attache in the Philippines showed.
"Typhoon Bopha passed through the southern Philippines in early December 2012, damaging 35,000 hectares of corn farms and 28,000 hectares of rice lands on Mindanao island, according to a preliminary report from the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA)," the US attache report read.
"The same report estimates corn and paddy rice losses at 77,000 tons and 17,000 tons, respectively. Post estimates corn losses as a result of the typhoon at 135,000 tons, almost double the preliminary DA estimate."
The report added an estimated 20,000 tons of milled rice were spoiled although rice imports are expected to remain at 1.5 million tons for MY 2012/2013.
However, it stressed corn imports were increased by 85,000 tons and expected to reach 185,000 tons during the year.
Attache reports are not official USDA data.