DA prepares immediate assistance to farmers and fisherfolk

Philippines: Volcano damage to agriculture now at ₱577 mln

An Alert Level 4 still remains over the recent Taal volcano eruption. Formation of new fissures and cracks were observed in some areas of Batangas. According to an update damage report from DA CALABARZON now increased the damages to ₱577.59 million (€10.2 mln) ) from the previous report of ₱74.55 million (€1.3 mln), affecting 2,772 hectares and 1,967 animal heads. Affected commodities include rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops.

According to the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), despite the agricultural damages caused by the volcanic eruption, such event also contributes to the “birth of soil” as it renews and replenishes the nutrients; improving soil fertility on medium to long term. The Bureau shall conduct soil sampling, analysis, and mapping of extent of fresh volcanic ash deposits affecting agricultural areas.

A total of ₱21.7 million worth of combined interventions for crops and livestock will be distributed by DA CALABARZON to 16 areas including Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Talisay, Lemery, Laurel, Lipa City, San Jose, Nasugbu, Mataas na Kahoy, Balete, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Padre Garcia, Tanauan City, Malvar and Taal. These interventions include the provision of livestock for restocking and rice and corn seeds, high-value crops planting materials and other production inputs.

The National Food Authority (NFA) has an initial stock of 168,758 bags of rice ready for distribution in areas affected by the Taal Volcano Eruption. NFA Administrator Judy Dansal guarantees that the rice stocks are safe for human consumption as they are stored in properly maintained warehouses away from ashfall.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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