Philippine agriculture

Typhoon Ulysses wipes out at least P2.5 billion in agriculture

Ralf Rivas
Typhoon Ulysses wipes out at least P2.5 billion in agriculture

DAMAGE. An aerial photo showing the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan Valley.

Malacañang photo

The Department of Agriculture says farmers can avail of seeds, drugs for livestock, as well as zero-interest loans

Total damage and losses incurred due to Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) climbed to P2.5 billion, latest figures of the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed on Monday, November 16.

The DA said the typhoon affected over 73,000 farmers and fisherfolk, and over 71,000 hectares of agricultural areas with volume production loss at 109,000 metric tons.

The affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, fisheries, livestock and poultry; irrigation facilities, machineries, and equipment; and agricultural infrastructure in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Bicol.

The DA said farmers can avail of rice, corn, and assorted vegetable seed reserves, drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry, as well as apply for zero-interest loans.

Farmers are still reeling from the impact of Typhoon Quinta (Molave) and Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni).

Quinta wiped out P2.7 billion worth of agricultural goods, while losses due to Rolly reached P5 billion. –

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.