Philippine agriculture

Typhoon Odette wipes out at least P333 million in agricultural goods

Ralf Rivas
Typhoon Odette wipes out at least P333 million in agricultural goods

DEVASTATION. Houses and trees damaged by Typhoon Odette are seen in Surigao del Norte, December 18, 2021.

Philippine Coast Guard/Reuters

The Department of Agriculture will provide at least P1.35 billion worth of aid to affected farmers and fisherfolk

MANILA, Philippines – Farming and fishing losses caused by Typhoon Odette (Rai) have so far reached P333.4 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday, December 20.

The estimate covers areas in the regions of Calabarzon, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Soccsksargen, Davao, and Caraga.

A total of 12,750 farmers and fishers have been affected, with volume of production loss at 19,640 metric tons, spanning 23,198 hectares of agricultural areas.

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, and fisheries.

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The DA, through its regional field offices, will provide at least P1.35 billion worth of readily available assistance:

  • P1 billion from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation of affected areas
  • P148 million worth of rice seeds
  • P57.6 million worth of corn seeds
  • P44.6 million worth of assorted vegetables
  • P100 million under the Survival and Recovery Assistance Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council
  • P1.64 million worth of fingerlings and assistance to affected fisherfolk from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • P625,150 worth of drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry needs

There are also available funds from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation for farmers.

For inquiries, affected farmers may contact (02) 8929-0140 or 09616965099. – Rappler.com

Ralf Rivas

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