'Odette' agri damage rises to almost P60M

MANILA, Philippines – Damage to agriculture brought by Typhoon Odette (international codename Usagi) has reached P59.54 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Odette devastated rice, banana, corn and vegetables farms in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions I, II, IV-B and V.

The Cagayan Valley was the hardest hit region, incurring P25.91 million in production losses. The Ilocos Region, followed with P20.75-million losses.

The typhoon damage is broken down as follows:

Production

Cultivation area

The National Food Authority will assist farmers in drying palay that could still be used, DA undersecretary Dante Delima said. Seeds for replanting will also be distributed among affected farmers. – Rappler.com