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Agri sector damage from El Niño hits P2.6B

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PHILSTAR/KRIZ JOHN ROSALES

AGRICULTURAL DAMAGE in six regions due to the prevailing weak El Niño phenomenon has reached P2.67 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Wednesday. Hardest hit is Region 12, or SOCCSKSARGEN, which is composed of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City. The estimated amount of damage to rice, corn and other high-value crops per region is: SOCCSKSARGEN, P808,67 million; Bicol, P793.97 million; Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), P403.37 million; MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan), P192.51 million; Western Visayas, P76.4 million; and Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), P12.79 million. The NDRRMC report also said the dry spell has affected some 103,247 hectares of land and 79,044 farmers. NDRRMC also noted that 16 provinces, towns, and cities have declared a state of calamity due to the dry spell. State weather bureau PAGASA announced last week that the El Niño phenomenon is expected to last until June. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras





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