'Ompong' leaves P15B damage to agriculture

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Sept. 26 (PIA) — Typhoon “Ompong” left P15 billion worth of damages to agriculture in Cagayan Valley Region as of September 21.

Agriculture regional Executive Director Narciso Edillo said there were 202,518 farmers who lost their livelihood, majority are rice farmers with 121,461 followed by corn farmers with 49,581 and 31 476 high value crops farmers.

Edillo said there were more than 210 hectares of rice plants destroyed with estimated value loss of P11 billion.

Though some of the rice farmers have harvested their crops before the onslaught of the typhoon, those that are still on vegetative stage were severely damaged.

“We are now looking for the best intervention that we can extend to our farmers who were severely affected by Typhoon ‘Ompong’,” Edillo said.

He also said the fisheries sector also suffered from P27.9 million worth of damages in the whole region.

On livestock, the director said there were P7.7 million worth of losses which include large and small ruminants, swine and poultry. (MDCT/OTB/PIA-Cagayan)

Source: PIA Feed

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