‘Yolanda’ agri damage hits P100M

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BY REYSHIMAR ARGUELLES

ILOILO City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office has placed at P99,292,382.24 the value of crops and livestock lost to super typhoon “Yolanda” in Western Visayas.

Dr. Joyce Wendam, the  technical director for planning, research and extension, said that as of last count, the province of Antique had bore the burden of at least 12,928 hectares of affected rice plantations and 53,930 fruit-bearing trees.

Wendam said DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales had visited affected areas in Capiz to assess the devastation there.

In its initial assessment, DA estimated around 15,356 hectares of affected rice plantations in Capiz.

Also, strong winds either totally or partially destroyed at least 1,200 hectares of banana plantations, 400 hectares of mango plantations, 800 hectares of vegetables, and 300 hectares of coffee.

Wendam said these numbers will increase as floodwaters gradually recede in areas still inaccessible.

Twenty-one pigs were also reported among the casualties in the municipality of Cuartero.

In the province of Iloilo, 2,519 hectares of rice plantations were affected along with 10 hectares of fruit trees and ten hectares of banana trees.

Around 5,000 chickens were also reported to have been wiped out by the super typhoon.

In Negros Occidental, gone were 1,104 hectares of rice, 44 hectares of corn and 1,158 hectares of fruit-bearing trees.

Around P2,471,000 worth of fishing equipment and aquaculture facilities in the said province were also damaged.

Leo Cañeda, officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Products Standard, said damage assessment in Negros Occidental’s sugar plantations and mills is underway.

Aklan sustained losses covering 1,193 hectares of rice, two hectares of corn, and five hectares of cassava plantations. Two greenhouses were also reported damaged. A total of 44,050 chickens perished.

No report of agricultural damages in Guimaras has been submitted as of this writing./PN