BAGUIO

Benguet assessing crop damages

DAMAGES to agriculture in the Cordillera brought about by Typhoon Ulysses have reached P19,768,173.67, according to the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD–CAR).

Benguet, the vegetable center of the country, is still assessing crop damage.

Agriculturist Lolita Bentres, head of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturists, said the damage in the agricultural sector in the Benguet towns is still being assessed.

In the Municipality of Mankayan, the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) asked stakeholders to submit crop damage assessment.

The MAO asked stakeholders to submit the name, crops affected, area, stage of crop whether in seedling, vegetative, maturity, reproductive stage, estimated percentage, description and photos of damaged farmland.

Aside from the crop damage, agricultural facilities such as greenhouses, rain shelters and irrigation projects with pictures are also being gathered by MAO.

Typhoon Ulysses left the province with two deaths that include a farmer from Barangay Poblacion in Atok who died after bamboos fell on his house due to strong wind and heavy rain.

The victim was identified as Felix Menis Boquite.

Authorities also retrieved the body of a 30-year-old man in Buguias, who was buried alive in a landslide.

As of Friday morning, six roads in the province remain one-lane passable while six roads remain closed due to continuous falling debris, soil collapse and rockfall.

Clearing operations are still ongoing.

The Department of Agriculture-CAR also assured a sufficient supply of vegetables coming from Benguet.


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