AGRICULTURAL losses from Typhoon Kiko (international name: Chanthu) rose to 19.21 million pesos from the previously estimated 18.20 million pesos.
Prosecutors said in their latest bulletin, September 16 afternoon, that the typhoon affected 954 farmers and fishermen along with 1,060 hectares of agricultural land in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.
However, the DA noted that the total affected agricultural area, previously estimated at 1,172 hectares, has decreased as a result of the validation in central Luzon.
The onslaught from Kiko also resulted in a production loss of 723 tons (MT).
â€œThe raw materials affected are rice, maize, high-quality crops and fisheries. These values â€‹â€‹are still subject to validation, â€said the DA in the bulletin.
The loss of rice was estimated at P 9.85 million. A total of 498 t of production volume was lost, while 901 hectares of agricultural land were affected.
The fishery damage amounted to P. 4.02 million. The recorded losses related to fishery products as well as fishing boats and fishing gear.
In the case of high-quality plants, the losses reached 3.63 million P. Around eight hectares of agricultural land were affected, while 58 t of production volume was lost.
The corn damage reached 1.71 million pesos. A total of 167 tons of production volume was lost while 152 hectares of agricultural land were affected.
“Through its regional branch offices, the DA is carrying out a further validation of the damage and losses that Typhoon Kiko has caused in the agricultural fishing sector,” says the bulletin. – Revin Mikhael D. Ochave