Yolanda wrecks P100-M worth of agri in WV

An aerial view of the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in the agriculture of Northern Iloilo.
An aerial view of the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in the agriculture of Northern Iloilo. (Photo by: Raul N. Barias, M.D.)

An estimated P99.3 million worth of standing crops for rice, corn and other agricultural products were damaged by typhoon Yolanda that hit Western Visayas since Friday last week, confirmed by Department of Agriculture 6 (DA-6).

Joyce Wendam, DA-6 regional technical director for planning research extension said around 17,384.55 hectares of riceland were damaged due of flood and strong winds.

Wendam said Antique has the highest damaged with 12, 928 hectares followed by Iloilo with 2, 159, Aklan, 1, 193; and Negros, 1, 104.55.

She also said the estimated agricultural damages are expected to increase since the most affected province of Capiz has not yet submitted their situation reports. She added they are also waiting reports from Guimaras province.

The technical director added that most affected rice production is on its vegetative and reproductive crop stages that could be subjected for recovery or replaced anytime when weather is already good.

Wendam also said the yellow and white corn plantation also damaged a total of 2, 225.85 hectares. This includes Iloilo with 830 hectares, Capiz, 732; Negros Occidental, 563.1; Aklan, 60.25, Guimaras, 40.5 while Antique has no report yet.

Despite of damages, Wendam said the damage is still minimal and will not affect the total production of the region.

She added they already activated their Command Action Center and they had advised all provincial agriculturist office to monitor the situation in their respective provinces even as typhoon Yolanda has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). IMT