Western Visayas agriculture sector suffers P67-M

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Saturday, December 29, 2012


FOUR provinces in Western Visayas suffer more than P67 million losses in the agriculture sector due to onslaughts of Tropical Storm Quinta and its flashfloods aftermath.

Initial report reaching the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office here showed the damages to rice, corn, vegetables, livestock and poultry caused by overflowing of water spawned by Quinta for three days starting at Christmas day.

DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales reported to Senator Franklin Drilon and DSWD Undersecretary Parisya Taradji in a December 29 public briefing of the typhoon damages, showing heavy losses of more than P45 million in the rice sector, P3.5 million in corn, P17.3 million in vegetables and P1 million in livestock and poultry.

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On the positive side, Nacionales said some areas in southern and northern Iloilo are thinking of cloud seeding operations after the sugar farms suffered without water for almost a month. With the flashfloods, the cloud seeding was called off and sugar lands are now enjoying enough supply of water.

Iloilo province is a top rice producing area in the region but initial reports showed 17 rice-producing towns are seriously affected with flashfloods that brought an estimated P27.3 million losses to rice production alone. A total of 11,785 farmers are affected in 14,404 hectares with losses of 2,363 metric tons.

The province of Capiz follows with P14 million losses in rice in 13 towns and affecting 4,897 farmers in 4,805 hectares ad 913 metric tons losses.

Aklan lost P3.5 million in rice production in five towns with 330 farmers affected in 245 hectares and 222 metric tons (MT) losses. Negros Occidental lost P595,000 in two rice producing towns affecting 77 farmers in 76 hectares and 41 MT lost.

Nacionales admitted that more reports are coming in and the damages may increase by the end of December. The DA official said they are collating all the reports and monitoring the damages to determine the assistance to be given to the farmers that may include vegetable seeds and other farm inputs.

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