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Albay agriculture sector suffers over P500M in losses due to TD Usman

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The Province of Albay’s agriculture sector has dealt with a huge blow due to the wrath brought about bt Tropical Depression Usman.

Initial reports showed that TD Usman caused damage and losses to agriculture amounting to more than half a billion pesos.

“According to a partial crop damage report submitted by Provincial Agriculturist Cheryll Rebeta, as of January 2, 2018, the damages to rice, corn, vegetables, and rootcrops in Albay has resulted to production loss amounting to 521,018,193.50 pesos in total,” the Albay provincial government said.

The province said that in the rice sector, a total of 7,113 farmers wereaffected with 7,371.03 hectares of rice land damaged, cornering the lion’s share of damages amounting to P497,066,784.

“2,177 corn farmers have been affected as well with 1,911.65 hectares of land for corn production have been totally damaged with a production loss of 1,845,164.50 pesos,” said the province.

“In the vegetables/rootcrop industry, 1,196 farmers have been affected with a total land area of 289.59 hectares of land damaged. Production loss was at 22,106,245 pesos,” it added.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara will meet with the Provincial Agriculturist and other Department heads of the PGA to create an action plan to help soften the blows dealt by the recent tropical depression.

Albay is currently under the state of calamity due to TD Usman.