Monday, July 28, 2014

Damages in regional agri sector hit Php 3.7B
By Johm Mark Escandor

PILI, Camarines Sur, July 25 (PNA) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Friday that the partial damage estimate in agricultural production and infrastructure a week after Typhoon “Glenda” hit the Bicol region reached P3.7- billion as of 12:00 noon Wednesday.

Camarines Sur incurred the biggest losses in all areas of the agriculture industry, with damages estimated at Php 2.3 billion or 62 percent of the total regional losses.

Albay placed second in damages to agricultural production and infrastructure with Php 0.8-billion losses while Sorsogon was third hard-hit province, having Php 0.2- billion worth of destruction.

Masbate’s agriculture industry lost Php 0.1 billion; Catanduanes, Php 0.1 billion; and Camarines Norte, Php 97 million.

Across the agriculture industry, coconut production damages were estimated at Php 1.3 billion, distributed as follows: Camarines Sur, Php 0.8 billion; Albay, Php 0.4 billion; Sorsogon, Php 0.1 billion; Camarines Norte, Php 4.6 million; and Catanduanes, Php 2 million.

The damages included fallen nuts, trees and trees with broken trunks.

Masbate had no reported damage to its coconut industry.

Other crops damaged were rice, Php 790 million; corn, Php 280 million; high-value crops, Php 756 million; livestock, Php 41 million; agri-infrastructure, Php 392 million; fisheries, Php 74 million; and abaca, Php 135 million.

The DA said its damage report included dryers, barns and shades for animals, office buildings and fences for agri-infrastructure.

Damages in fisheries included motorized and non-motorized fishing boats, gears, nets, paraphernalia, seaweeds, hatcheries, mangroves, fish corrals, fishcages, ponds, abalones and green mussels.(PNA) CTB/FGS/JME/cbd/