MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported an estimated damage to agriculture from the onset of Typhoon Tisoy in CALABARZON and the Bicol Region which reached to P530-million.
Based on initial assessment received by the Department, around 3,800 farmers and over 14,000 hectares of farm land were affected by the typhoon.
The DA assured to provide the affected farmers with seedlings to recover from their losses after the typhoon destroyed palay, corn and other high value crops in their areas.
Meanwhile, the DA has P250 million in Quick Response Fund which is readily available for rehabilitation of farm lands affected by the typhoon.
The said amount is apart from the P65-million fund under the Survival Recovery or SURE Program of the Agriculture Credit Policy Council.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, for its part, also assured to pay for the damaged crops. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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