Floods leave P341M in damage to crops-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The heavy rains and flood caused by the recent southwest monsoon have affected some 33,154 hectares of farmlands and left P341.3 million worth of damage to crops in the Central Luzon.
The Department Agriculture (DA) said some 13,850 rice farmers were affected.
Other commodities affected were corn, cassava and livestock posting damages of P4.3 million, P 2.2 million and P 1.7 million, respectively.
Eduviges Pelayo, DA regional Rice Focal Person, said the rice sector suffered the biggest loss at P299.2 million and followed by high-value crops at P35.5 million.
"Compared to the record we have with last year's habagat (southwest monsoon), mas mababa yung damage na naitala ngayon and as far as the region is concerned, we are over sufficient," she said.
Meanwhile, DA Regional Executive Director Andrew Villacorta assured that the agency will provide assistance to the affected farmers.
"After the assessment and validation process, we will take necessary measures like seed assistance for rice farmers and seed subsidy for corn and high value crops to farmers," said Villacorta
"As part of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, we established farm machineries and post-harvest intervention and small water impounding projects. Therefore we are optimistic that we can reach or even exceed our national target for this year," he added.
Villacorta said farmers, particularly those planting rice in Central Luzon, were covered by insurance under the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 03, 2013.