AGRICULTURAL LOSSES inflicted by severe tropical storm Maring (international name: Kompasu) were reckoned at P1.87 billion Sunday, up from the previous estimate of P1.74 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

The DA in a bulletin early Sunday placed losses at 91,407 metric tons (MT) of production volume due to Maring, with affected commodities including rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries. Damage was also incurred by irrigation and other agricultural facilities.  

A total of 69,868 hectares of farmland and 60,195 farmers and fisherfolk in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and Soccsksargen were affected by Maring.

Rice losses were valued at P1.4 billion. Lost production volume hit 77,258 MT while affected farmland was estimated at 60,154 hectares.

Corn losses amounted to P144.9 million. Lost volume was 8,624 MT with affected farmland at 7,830 hectares.

Damage to high-value crops was P79.6 million. Lost volume was 5,526 MT consisting of assorted vegetables and fruit trees across 1,883 hectares of farmland.

Livestock and poultry damage was P42.4 million, including farmed chicken, cattle, swine, carabao, horse, goat, duck, sheep, turkey, rabbit, and geese.

Losses to fisheries was P110.1 million, while damage to irrigation and agricultural facilities amounted to P140.6 million.  

The DA said 141,635 MT of rice valued at P2.08 billion and 55,654 MT of corn worth P779.15 million had been harvested before Maring arrived. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave