‘Ineng’ wreaks over 600-M worth of damage in Ilocos Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019   •   788

Rescue operations in Ilocos Norte amid the onslaught of severe tropical storm Ineng, 24 August 2019.

Tropical storm Ineng has wreaked around 600 million worth of agricultural and infrastructural damage in Ilocos Norte.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) has recorded a total of P589.5 million worth of damage as of August 25. Around 167 barangays and over 9,000 families were affected by TS Ineng.

Meanwhile, two were injured and one died in a landslide in Barangay Surong, Pasukin last Saturday morning (Aug 24).

The local government of Ilocos Norte and Laoag already declared a state of calamity due to the damage brought by the storm.

Water level in Padsan River already subsided since Sunday (Aug 25). Flood in other areas has also subsided.

Residents began cleaning up the debris and other waste left by the storm.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

DA urges households to engage in urban farming amid ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   April 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) strongly recommends urban farming as a way to spend quarantine time at home.

This is the main objective of DA’s ‘Plant, Plant, Plant Program’ spearheaded by Agriculture Secretary William Dar which aims to ensure food sufficiency during emergency situations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis.

The program encourages private seed and seedling companies to join the project and help promote urban farming in Metro Manila.

The local government of Quezon City, for example, has set up a demo farm within the City Hall compound where a variety of vegetables are grown.

The area can be accessed through Elliptical Road and Kalayaan Avenue.

The facility is also giving away seeds and seedlings to residents of Quezon City who are interested to start vegetable gardening at home.

Garden Caretaker Ruben Marcellana said some vegetables in the demo farm are ready for harvest.

Growers may enjoy a fresh harvest in just a period of one month once they plant the seedlings.

Magmula sa seeds, one month po siya (From a seed, it takes one month)” he said.

Ang ginagamit naming soil is organic din (The soil we use is also organic),” he added.

Due to limited space, urban farming can be done on rooftops, in the garage or by the window using hanging pots.

Growing vegetables at home will cut time spent in public markets especially since movement is limited under ECQ. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Damage to agriculture due to Taal eruption hits P3-B

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over P3-B worth of agricultural products have been damaged on the first week of Taal volcano’s eruption, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

So far, the eruption has affected 15, 790 hectares of land and a total of 1,923 animal heads with an overall estimated value of P3.06 billion, a big leap from the previous report of P577-M.

The latest report incorporated additional damage in Laguna and updated reports from Batangas and Cavite which include high-value crops that were destroyed namely coffee, cacao, pineapple, assorted fruits and vegetables, rice, coconut, as well as the provinces’ fisheries.

The DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resuorces (BFAR) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), however, is continuously assessing the affected areas for the impact of volcanic activities on marine life in Taal Lake and animals in the volcano region.

Based on the latest report, tilapia and bangus (milkfish) culture incurred losses of up to P1.6 billion worth; making fisheries the most affected commodity in terms of damage and losses.

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

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

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