Some 80,000 farmers in six regions in the Philippines incurred losses amounting to P5.5 billion (€93.5 mln) from the combined damage caused by Typhoon Quinta and and Super-typhoon Rolly that have struck the island nation in recent weeks.
According to Department of Agriculture (DA) figures, said Quinta and Rolly affected 154,251 hectares of agricultural areas with an estimated production volume loss of 272,240 tons.
For Rolly alone, the total damage and losses have now reached P2.94 billion, affecting 31,496 farmers and 65,999 hectares of land, according to the DA.
“Volume of production loss is at 125,664 tons. The affected commodities include rice, corn, abaca, high value crops [assorted vegetables, cassava, banana and other fruit trees], livestock and agri-facilities in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas,” a DA report stated.
The DA said the damage to the agriculture sector by Quinta remained at P2.56 billion (€43.5 mln).
The BusinessMirror earlier reported that abaca farmers already reeling from Covid-induced market problems must now grapple with more losses after Supertyphoon Rolly battered Catanduanes, the country’s top producer of the prized crop for export.