Early Ulysses Advisories Saved Billions Worth Of Crops; DA To Give Financial Aid To Affected Farmers
The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Thursday that farmers were able to salvage billions worth of crops due to early weather advisories on Typhoon Ulysses.
According to the DA, a total of 69,716 hectares of rice have been saved from CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) and Regions II, III, and IV-A with an equivalent production of 341,812 metric tons amounting to ₱5.48B. Additionally, a total of 1,550 hectares of corn have been saved from Regions I, II, and III with an equivalent production of 6,758 metric tons amounting to ₱85.62M.
The DA is in close coordination with the concerned national government agencies, LGU, and other disaster risk reduction and management-related offices for the impact of Typhoon Ulysses and available resources for interventions and assistance.
It is also coordinating with water management-related agencies for flood risk monitoring and dam water release. The DA noted that close monitoring for possible damage and losses that may be incurred in the agri-fisheries sector is also ongoing and was glad to announce that there are no damage and losses in agri-fisheries have been reported yet. Updates will be disseminated as soon as reports are forwarded from affected regional field offices.
Meanwhile, the DA has financial assistance ready and assures that the following will be granted to the affected farmers and fishers:
- A total of 104,544 bags of rice seeds; 10,223 bags of corn seeds, and 1,149 kgs of assorted vegetables from DA Regional Field Office
- Drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry
- Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC)
- Indemnification fund from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to pay for the losses incurred
In the meantime, they assure that the DA-DRRM Operations Center will continuously provide updates regarding Typhoon Ulysses.