Typhoon Juan damage to agriculture sector now P10.6-B

by Jennifer A. Ng, Business Mirror

Posted at Oct 28 2010 12:28 AM | Updated as of Oct 28 2010 08:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The toll of Typhoon Juan on the country’s farm sector has reached P10.59 billion, with the rice sector suffering the brunt of the storm, according to a report of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The rice sector in four regions—the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon—reached P8 billion, with the provinces of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Isabela posting the biggest losses in palay. Pangasinan lost P2.38 billion in crops; Nueva Ecija, P1.59 billion; and Isabela, P1.28 billion. “Total cropland affected is 520,634 hectares in 21 provinces in the three regions,” said the report. 

Palay planted on 404,827 hectares totaling 468,546 tons were affected, with 6,898 hectares in palay destroyed and 397,929 hectares damaged. “The estimated production loss of 468,546 tons is roughly 6% of the forecast production of about 7 million tons in the fourth-quarter 2010.”  

Damage to fruits and vegetables or high-value commercial crops totaled 21,710 tons valued at P660 million, and planted on 6,371 hectares in Mountain Province, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan and Apayao.

Destroyed corn was worth P412 million, or 30,378 tons, estimated to be 1.9% of projected production for the fourth quarter.

“The fisheries sector in 12 provinces in the regions affected also lost P177.8 million worth of products. The losses came mainly from lost fishery resources from fishponds and fish cages that were destroyed by strong winds and rains.” ?

The storm also damaged P1.32 billion in irrigation facilities, fishery facilities, farm-to-market roads and the facilities of the DA.

The DA, through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), will pay affected farmers with insured production. PCIC president Jovy Bernabe said his agency will distribute indemnity checks, totaling P161 million, to about 17,200 insured rice and corn farmers within 15 to 20 days.