Agricultural damage caused by ‘Agaton’ reaches ₱270.3 million

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — The agricultural damage caused by tropical storm Agaton reached ₱270.3 million as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Agriculture.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DA said losses were reported in the regions of Eastern Visayas and Caraga. The volume of production loss in these areas reached 16,866 metric tons. At least 3,168 hectares of agricultural areas and 2,199 farmers were affected.

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high-value crops and livestock, the DA added.

The DA noted that the values are still subject for validation and more damage and losses are expected to be reported in areas hit by the storm.

The DA is also preparing to distribute rice, corn, vegetable seeds, drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry to affected farmers. The Agricultural Credit Policy Council, through its Survival and Recovery Program, will also give assistance. The DA will use the Quick Response Fund to rehabilitate affected areas as well as funds from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to indemnify affected farmers.

The state weather bureau said in its last bulletin that Agaton has weakened into a low-pressure area.

Latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed that at least 20 died and six injured following the onslaught of Agaton.