THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its final estimate of agricultural damage caused by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) was P13.3 billion.
The typhoon affected 533,709 farmers and fisherfolk across 462,766 hectares of agricultural land, with the volume of lost production at 273,062 metric tons (MT), the DA said in a bulletin on Tuesday.
On Jan. 14, the damage estimate was P13.4 billion. The DA said the downgraded tally follows the validation of reports from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), Bicol, the Western Visayas, the Central Visayas, the Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City), and the Caraga region.
The fisheries sector sustained damage of P3.97 billion, or 29.81% of the total; rice P2.12 billion or 15.93%; high-value crops P2 billion or 12.8%; coconut P1.62 billion or 12.2%; and sugarcane P1.15 billion or 8.6%. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson