DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019   •   1574

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

Sapat na supply ng manok, tiniyak ng DA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Tiniyak ng Department of Agriculture (DA) na nananatiling sapat ang supply ng manok sa bansa sa kabila ng mga ulat na maraming poultry producer ang nagsara dahil sa epekto ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayon kay DA Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes, malakas din ang bentahan ngayon ng manok dahil sa kakulangan sa supply at pagtaas ng presyo ng karne ng baboy.

“Wala pong shortage ng manok. Marami po tayong manok. Okay? Kung sino mang nagsasabi na may shortage sa manok, hindi po totoo yon. Okay? Sapat po ang manok. Ang kulang po talaga ay ang baboy,” ang pahayag ni Reyes.

Una nang nagpahayag ng pangamba ang grupong United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) sa posibleng kakulangan sa supply ng manok dahil malaki ang nalugi sa poultry producers sa mga nagdaang buwan habang ipinatutupad ang community quarantine.

Sinabi rin ni UBRA President Atty. Bong Inciong na nakadagdag pa rito ang pagsasara ng mga restaurant na pangunahing sinu-suplayan ng kanilang mga produkto kaya umatras na ang maraming poultry business operators.

“Sa laki ng lugi nila nong lockdown hanggang September, umatras. Cinull na yung or pinatay na yung maraming inahin at tandang o yung mga breeders na tinatawag at dahil diyan kulang ngayon ng sisiw,” ang pahayag ni Inciong.

Sinabi naman ni Reyes na walang basehan ang pangambang magkakaroon ng kakulangan sa supply ng manok dahil nasa isang buwan lang aniya ang kailangan sa pag-aalaga ng mga manok.

Ngunit sagot ni Inciong, “Yan ang mahirap sa mga yan eh dahil puros pagpapapogi ang inaatupag. Hindi alam yung detalye. P46 ang sisiw na dapat ay P16. Saan kukuha ngayon lalo na yung mga small and medium? Yung mga malalaking kumpaniya mayroon pa yan siguro pero lahat yan umatras. Yan ang mahirap eh, ayaw nilang harapin yung katotohanan.”

Kung ang ilang tindera naman sa Balintawak Market sa Quezon City ang tatanungin, wala naman silang napapansing kakulangan sa supply ng manok sa pamilihan ngunit tumamataas anila ang presyo nito kada araw.

“Okay lang naman ang mga supply dito. Kaso nga lang, ang iba tumigil na sa pagtinda dahil sa presyo na mataas,” ang pahayag ng vendor na si Didith Cualteros.

“Halos araw-araw, ikalawang araw, tumataas ng dalawang piso, limang piso or 10 pesos ang (presyo) manok. Eh ang sinasabi nga dahil sa kakulangan daw ng supply. Yun ang sabi ng ibang byahero. Hindi rin naming malaman kasi maghahango lang kami,” ang wika ng vendor na si Zenaida Flores.

Sa tala ng DA noong Miyerkules, Enero 20, nasa P150 hanggang P180 ang kada kilo ng manok sa ilang pangunahing pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Paliwanag ng kagawaran, tumataas ang presyo ng manok dahil sa malaking demand bunsod ng mahal na presyo ng karneng baboy.

Una nang sinabi ng DA na nagkukulang ang supply ng baboy dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever sa maraming hog farms sa bansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DA to import pork in February amid shortage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) said they will begin the importation of pork products in February amid supply shortage caused by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

DA Spokesperson Asec. Noel Reyes said they will import pork from countries with no cases of ASF.

“Under the minimum access volume, mayroong pong 54,000 metric tons. So starting February 1st, iyan ay pwede nang angkatin at pwede na po silang mag-apply ng pag-import ng baboy mula sa Europe, US and sa iba pang bansa na walang ASF (We have 54,000 metric tons of pork products starting February 1, that can be imported. [Agriculture companies] can apply and import pork from Europe, United States, and other countries with no ASF),” he said.

He reported that pork supply in the country decreased by an estimate of 10%. Several reports also noted that the supply decreased by 15-16%, he added.

“May kulang po ang suplay ng baboy bunsod ng ASF. Bumaba. Ang taya namin nasa 10%, taya ng PSA, 15-16%. Pero ang taya po ng industriya ay bumaba ng 30% dito sa Metro Manila (There is a pork supply gap due to ASF. It reduced supply. Our estimate is 10%; the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates 15%-16%, but the industry estimates a decrease of 30% in Metro Manila),” he said.

Aside from increasing the supply in the country, Reyes said the DA also aims to normalize market prices. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning in 20 coastal areas in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs) issued a warning on Tuesday (January 12) that shellfishes collected in several parts of the country are still positive for paralytic poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. 

The affected areas include:

  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City;
  • Coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound;
  • Taytay in Palawan; 
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; 
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; 
  • Coastal waters Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; 
  • Tambobo Bay, Sianton in Negros Oriental; 
  • Coastal waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar; 
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte; 
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands; 
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar; 
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental; Lianga bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur; 
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur.

Moreover, coastal waters of Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar; Matarimao Bay in Eastern Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now positive for red tide toxin.

BFAR advised residents nearby to refrain from consuming all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from these areas as they are not safe for human consumption.

Meanwhile, fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

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