The Department of Agricultural (DA) has sent P153 million in help to Caraga’s damaged agriculture.
Farmers in the region who were seriously impacted by Typhoon Odette in December last year have received PHP153,834,840 in aid from the Department of Agriculture – Caraga (DA-13).
DA-13 Executive Director Ricardo Oate Jr. said in a press conference on Friday that of the total monies allocated for emergency replies, PHP12,762,430 was generated from DA-13’s available resources and help from other DA offices in Mindanao.
He stated a total of PHP141,072,410 was deducted from the DA Central Office-approved Quick Response Fund for Typhoon Odette.
“These solutions were designed to assist our farmers in recovering from Typhoon Odette’s devastation by rehabilitating their damaged farms,” Oate stated.
Farmers were given rice, corn, and vegetable seeds, planting materials, fertilizers, and insecticides as part of the DA-13 rehabilitation efforts, which were carried out in collaboration with the Philippine Coconut Authority.
The impacted fishery sector received fingerlings and seaweed propagules as part of the rehabilitation efforts, which were carried out in collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
“The DA-13 and its associated agencies’ responses were carried out in close conjunction with local government entities in provinces and towns hit by the recent typhoon,” Oate stated.
According to DA-13, “Odette” caused a total of PHP2,225,209,990 in damage to the Caraga’s farm sector.
Surigao del Norte, with PHP1,527,293,080 in damages, was followed by the Province of Dinagat Islands (PHP364,557,350), Agusan del Sur (PHP157,565,907), Agusan del Norte (PHP136,395,024), and Surigao del Sur (PHP136,395,024) (PHP39,396,627).
A total of 20,252 farmers are affected in the region, with 12,301 planting high-value crops, 7,617 producing rice, and 334 planting corn.
Rice crop damage is estimated to be PHP169,058,227, encompassing 13,003 hectares and resulting in losses of 5,083 metric tons (MT).
Corn output has also been damaged for a total of PHP142,992,620, with 3,863 hectares and 6,940 MT lost.
High-value crops suffered losses of PHP602,806,055, followed by coconut trees (PHP745,253,883), cattle (PHP109,413,430), fisheries (PHP157,263,820), agricultural infrastructures (PHP285,419,955), and agricultural machinery and equipment (PHP285,419,955) (PHP13,000,000).
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