MANILA – Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Thursday said the projected damage of Typhoon Ompong in rice and corn crops alone could amount to billions of pesos.
During the command conference led by President Rodrigo Duterte, Piñol said rice could suffer losses amounting to P3.6 billion on a moderate estimate or up to P7.9 billion in a worst case scenario.
Corn crops could suffer P2.7 billion in losses under moderate conditions or up to P3.1 billion, he said.
Ompong, expected to make landfall in Cagayan Saturday morning, could affect a total of 1,220,000 hectares of rice and corn alone, Piñol said.
Piñol, however, assured the President that despite the typhoon, there would still be about 85 to 96 days of rice supply left by the end of the year.
To prepare the farmers, Piñol said they have activated their operation centers. Farmers were advised to harvest matured crops while trucks for animal evacuation were also strategically positioned.
Malacañang earlier said Duterte wanted the country to be at its highest level of readiness for Ompong.