LPA agri damage exceeds P350M

NON-STOP RAIN. A flooded community in Jipapad town, Eastern Samar province in this Jan. 11, 2023 photo. Incessant rains have triggered flooding in Eastern Visayas provinces that left major roads impassable, drove residents to evacuation centers, and led to the suspension of work and classes in several areas on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jipapad Mayor Benjamin Ver)

TACLOBAN CITY — The trough of the low-pressure area that brought torrential rains in Eastern Visayas from 2 January until the mid of the month damaged over P350 million worth of crops in the region, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The DA disclosed on Thursday that partial damage report from its regional office shows that a total of P356,915,126 worth of damage to agriculture has already been reported to the agency by the different local government units as of 18 January.

The DA-8 also reported damages to high value crops amounting to P3,822,758; root crops damages amounting to P227,650; and livestock at P836,400.

Rice farmers were the most affected wherein the accrued damage amounted to P352 million or 98 percent of the total reported damages. It added that a total of 18,319 hectares of farmland were swamped with floodwater affecting 18,302 farmers.

The DA-8 also reported damages to high value crops amounting to P3,822,758; root crops damages amounting to P227,650; and livestock at P836,400.

Among the six provinces in Eastern Visayas, the three Samar Island provinces reported the highest damages — Eastern Samar reported the biggest damage to agriculture amounting to P212,830,650; Samar with P100,112,669; and Northern Samar 32,742,330.


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