5,600 farmers affected by Typhoon ‘Ofel’-A A +A
Friday, November 9, 2012
THE regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported more than 5,600 farmers were affected by Tropical Storm “Ofel” that hit Eastern Visayas last October 24.
However, Christine Colasito of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Division (Rafid) said the affected farmers were already given palay seedlings, which could withstand flooding.
Based on the DA report, Ofel affected 5,681 farmers from the provinces of Leyte, Biliran, and Samar.
The report said about 3,994 farmers from the towns of Dagami, Alangalang, Carigara, Palo, Tanauan, Tunga, Julita, MacArthur, San Miguel, Leyte-Leyte, Babatngon and Barugo - all in Leyte - were affected as their rice fields were flooded.
The damaged to palay production amounted to P10.55 million located in the 3,319 hectare farming area.
The report added that about 1,635 affected farmers in the towns of Biliran and Naval lost P4.39 million palays in their 1,612 hectare farming area.
The report also noted some 52 affected farmers in the towns of Basey and San Jorge – all in Samar – lost palay production amounting to P589.690 in their 193.50 hectare farming area.
Meanwhile, Colasito said the damaged to palay would not affect the projected palay production for 2012.
Based on the records of the Bureau Agricultural Statistics (BAS), palay projection for the year is about 986,726 Metric Tons (mt).
The projected production is about .28 percent higher compared to last year’s production of 984,017 mt.
BAS records also revealed that from January to July 2012, the actual palay production in the region has reached 514,788 mt. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)