DA chief says agriculture damage at ₱1.75-B due to Super Typhoon Rolly

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 2) — Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) has damaged P1.75-billion worth of crops and agricultural infrastructures in its wake, based on the latest assessment of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Monday said that 26,948 farmers and fisherfolks were affected by Rolly. The typhoon has also damaged 26,261 hectares of agricultural crops.

“By commodity, ang production losses na ay nasa ₱1.7-billion na po, if that would include infrastructure damages,” said Dar in a briefing with other Cabinet members and President Rodrigo Duterte.

[Translation: By commodity, the production losses are already at ₱1.7-billion, if that would include the infrastructure damages.]

Earlier, DA said the initial cost of agricultural damage is at ₱1.1-billion after Rolly made landfall over four areas in Luzon. Some areas remain isolated due to the onslaught of the worst typhoon to hit the country this year.

Dar said bags of rice and corn seeds for replanting and vegetables have been prepositioned in Bicol, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa regions to help farmers recover.

The Agriculture Department said it has ₱400 million left in its quick response fund to rehabilitate areas affected by Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Quinta, which damaged almost ₱2-billion worth of agriculture products when it hit the country in late October.

Dar said that typhoons Pepito, Quinta, and Rolly had resulted in ₱4.1-billion worth of damage in the agriculture industry.

Super Typhoon Rolly left 20 people dead, hitting the Bicol Region the hardest.