Farm damage from Typhoon 'Juan' hits P11.53-B

by Jennifer A. Ng, Business Mirror

Posted at Oct 28 2010 10:15 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2010 06:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - To date, the country’s agriculture sector has sustained P11.53 billion worth of damage due to Typhoon Juan, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday.

Agriculture Undersecretary Joel Rudinas disclosed that the country’s rice sector suffered the biggest loss, with damage amounting to P8.93 billion
“A total of 425,134 hectares of rice lands were affected, resulting to the loss of some 523,013 metric tons [MT] of palay from 21 provinces,” said Rudinas.

He said palay planted in 416,137 hectares still has a chance for recovery. The DA said the volume of palay damaged by the typhoon represents 7.47 percent of the forecast production of almost 7 million metric tons (MMT) for the fourth quarter of the year.

The high-value commercial crops (HVCC) sector, meanwhile, registered losses amounting to P600 million.

A total of 6,371 hectares of HVCC area were affected by Typhoon Juan, of which 5,072 hectares were planted to vegetables, 681 hectares to mango and 609 hectares to banana. Lost production amounted to 21,710 MT.

“The bulk of the losses in vegetables came from Mountain Province, Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan. Mangoes from Pangasinan and bananas from Apayao were also destroyed by the typhoon,” said Rudinas.

Damage to the corn sector has already reached P367.96 million. The typhoon affected 18,048 hectares of corn fields, resulting to a loss of 26,986 MT of corn grains.

“The corn area covering 18,048 hectares which were affected is 2.8 percent of the 645,695 hectares of harvestable area in the fourth quarter.

“Lost production of 26,986 MT is 1.68 percent of the 1.6 MMT forecast production for the period,” said Rudinas.

Total damage to the country’s farm infrastructure caused by the typhoon has reached almost P1.35 billion. The storm destroyed farm-to-market roads and irrigation projects.

Losses sustained by the fisheries sector have reached P212.5 million. Fishery resources from fishponds and fish cages were destroyed by strong wind and rains.

The DA said the typhoon also damaged P10.62 million worth of livestock and poultry products.

Rudinas noted that the provinces of Pangasinan, Isabela and Nueva Ecija suffered the biggest losses estimated at P 2.4 billion, P2.09 billion and P1.59 billion, respectively.

The total cropland affected reached 449,553 hectares in 21 provinces from four Luzon regions. Affected by the storm were the provinces of Ifugao, Apayao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Kalinga and Abra in the Cordillera Autonomous Region; Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union in Region I; Isabela, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino in Region II; and Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Aurora, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan and Bataan in Region 3.