Typhoon Rolly Agriculture Damage Estimated To Be ₱1.1 Billion
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has disclosed on Monday after Super Typhoon Rolly struck the country that the recorded damage and losses of agriculture in the country are worth ₱1.1 billion.
Secretary William Dar said in a press briefing that around 20,000 farmers were affected by Rolly, which damaged high-value crops, corn, and rice.
In a statement he said:
As of today, this morning, the initial estimated agricultural damages and losses are totaling P1.1 billion. This has been brought about by Typhoon Rolly. Most of the commodities that have been badly damaged are rice, corn, high-value crops during this Typhoon Rolly, with almost 20,000 hectares. And about 20,000 farmers as well have been affected.
According to Secretary Dar, Typhoon Quinta also caused damage amounting to ₱2 billion prior to Typhoon Rolly.
DA is also preparing assistance for affected livestock and poultry owners. They will distribute 10 million tilapia, milkfish fingerlings, fishing gear, and paraphernalia to the affected fishers. Meanwhile, they have a quick response fund of ₱400 for the rehabilitation. They will also be offering ₱25,000 survival and recovery loans to affected farmers.
Typhoon Rolly has devastated municipalities along its paths including Catanduanes , Albay, Batangas, and Quezon among others. It has now weakened into a tropical storm and is headed to the West Philipppine Sea early today (Monday).