SAN JOSE, Antique – More than a month after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated Antique, the province is still reeling from the effects of the destructive typhoon.
The typhoon left not only ruined houses and uprooted trees but also a large amount of damage on Antique’s agricultural and fishery sectors.
According to the final report of the Provincial Agriculture Office and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), the estimated total cost of damage on the agricultural and fishery sectors in the province was at least P155,737,000.
Damage to agriculture
A total of 3.242.06 metric tons of palay (rice grains) in 17 towns of the province were rendered useless when Yolanda devastated 3,594.10 hectares of rice fields – 367.31 hectares totally damaged and the rest partially damaged.
The total cost of damage was more than P50 million, affecting 12,492 farmers.
About 81.55 hectares of corn in 9 towns were also flattened, destroying about 200 metric tons of corn worth about P3 million.
Right after the typhoon, streets and lots in all 18 towns of Antique were littered with felled banana trees. About 637,000 banana trees were destroyed, affecting the livelihood of 6,190 farmers.
At least 4,000 metric tons of bananas amounting to more than P42 million were destroyed.
Despite their strong trunks, mango trees were not spared by Typhoon Yolanda. At least 5,115 mango trees valued at P31.4 million were felled in 17 towns.
Coffee and sugarcane plantations were also damaged. At least116 hectares of coffee beans in 10 towns and about 430 hectares of sugarcane in 4 towns were devastated.
More than 140 hectares of different vegetables in 13 towns were also devastated.
Meanwhile, the seaweed farms surrounding the 38-hectare island village of Maniguin in Culasi, Antique were totally washed out, according to Brgy Captain Nica Torres.
The total cost of damage was estimated at about one million pesos, according to a damage report.
The typhoon destroyed 350 motorized boats (P15.2 million) and 21,172 non-motorized boats (P957,450) in Antique, affecting the livelihood of fishermen in 15 coastal towns. – Rappler.com
The writer and photographer is a volunteers for the Typhoon Yolanda Story Hub Visayas, a citizen journalism portal created on Nov 13, 2013, by veteran journalists, student writers, mobile journalists, and photographers based in Iloilo City. The Hub delivers reports from across the Panay Island, especially the severely damaged and minimally covered northern Iloilo and the provinces of Antique, Capiz, and Aklan.
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