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The Department of Agriculture is preparing a P852-million fund for the typhoon-ravaged agricultural sector.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) would use PHP852.47 in standby money to assist farmers and fisherfolk in regions affected by Typhoon Odette.

The budget includes a PHP500 million Quick Response Fund for the rehabilitation of affected areas, PHP148 million in rice seeds, PHP57.6 million in corn seeds, PHP44.6 million in assorted vegetables, and PHP100 million for the Agricultural Credit Policy Council’s Survival and Recovery Assistance Program.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will also give fingerlings and support worth PHP164 million, as well as PHP625,150 in pharmaceuticals and biologics for cattle and poultry needs.

The DA also stated that the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation has monies ready to compensate impacted farmers.

The agency is continuing to examine the agri-fisheries sector’s damage and losses caused by “Odette.”

It works with relevant national government agencies, local government entities, and disaster response-related offices to coordinate efforts.

Prior to the storm, rice was harvested on 11,454 hectares in Mimaropa, Regions 6, 8, 9, 11, and 12, with an equivalent production of 34,433 metric tons worth PHP615.53 million.

Corn was harvested on 2,452 hectares in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Regions 8, 9, 11, and Caraga, resulting in a total yield of 6,965 metric tons worth PHP82.55 million.

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