'Labuyo', 'Maring' cause P2.62-B in crop damage

Posted at 08/22/2013 7:42 PM | Updated as of 08/22/2013 7:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture on Thursday said total damage to crops has reached P2.62 billion caused by Typhoon Labuyo and Tropical Storm Maring.

Corn and rice were identified as among the most affected.

"Ang pinakamalaki pong nasira ay sa Region 2 --- sa corn, sa Region 2 po pinakamalaki. Don po sa rice naman sa Region 3, Pero wag kayo magalala doon sa initial, hindi po ganon kalaki ang epekto para sa national target sa buong taon na to," Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said.

But the DA chief assured, there is no shortage in supply.

"Wala po tayong shortage sa crops. Before dumating si Maring, medyo bumagsak ang presyo ng gulay kasi abundant ang supply natin. Ang naging problema lang is logistical support, yung pagdadala ng produkto sa loob ng Metro Manila. So we have instructed our directors na gamitin ang kanilang produkto para matulungan at mastabalize," Alcala added.