Damage caused by Typhoon Juan reaches P8.49-B

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2010 11:29 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2010 07:29 AM

Damages to agriculture, fisheries and infrastructure due to Typhoon Juan
Agriculture sector in million pesos
Rice 317,111 metric tons of palay  Php 6,020
High-value crops 23,364 MT 660
Corn 26,931 MT 366
Fisheries losses in fish ponds and fish cages 140.08
Livestock lost swine, goat, cattle, duck, chicken, turkey 10.59
Infrastructure   
Agriculture facilities irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, fisheries infra 1,290
Classroom and other school facilities    71

MANILA, Philippines - The damage caused to the agriculture sector by typhoon Juan have reached P8.49 billion as of Friday, the Department of Agriculture said.

As of 3 p.m. Oct 22, typhoon Juan damaged P8.49 billion worth of crops, livestock and poultry, fisheries and agriculture infrastructure, according to the department’s Situationer Report No. 175.

Loss in palay production was recorded at P6.02 billion, covering 317,111 hectares with 353,415 metric tons (MT) of palay. According to the report, some 1,220 hectares were identified by the department to be completely damaged, and 315,891 hectares with chances of recovery.

Rice production loss at 353,415 MT is 5.05% of the department’s forecast production of 6.998 million MT for the last quarter, according to the report.

Loss in corn production on the other hand was pegged at P366.03 million, with 105 hectares completely damaged and 15,781 hectares with chances of recovery. The department said in the report that 26,931 MT of corn were lost.

Corn production loss at 26,931 MT is 1.68% of the department’s forecast production of 1.60 million MT for the last quarter, the report said.

For high value commercial crops, 5,611 hectares planted to vegetables, 681 hectares planted to mango and 618 hectares planted to banana were damaged. Loss in production amounted to 23,364 MT valued at P660.3 million.

According to the report, loss in livestock and poultry amounted to P10.59 million. Animals included carabao, swine, goat, cattle, duck, chicken, turkey and geese.

Loss in the fisheries subsector was recorded at P140.08 million, from fish ponds and fish cages destroyed by strong winds and rains.

Damage to agriculture infrastructure amounted to P1.29 billion, which included damaged irrigation facilities, farm to market roads, and fishery and livestock infrastructure.

The department has already deployed its personnel for field validation of damages to be able to provide immediate assistance to affected farmers and fisherfolk, according to the report.

The department will be giving assistance in terms of seeds, fingerlings and infrastructure repair.

On Thursday, Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Joel S. Rudinas quoted Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala as saying that the department will be shouldering the whole cost of assistance, usually shared with local government units, for areas that were directly hit by the typhoon.

Moreover, the department is also working on recovering damaged crops. Mr. Rudinas said that as much as 80% of lodged and soaked palay can be recovered as long as the damaged crops can be harvested within three days or so, and dried within one or two days.

For the second half of the year, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) projected palay production to reach 9.62 million MT, 8.21% higher than last year’s 8.89 million MT output.