Farm damage from Pablo rises to P10.3-B - DA

Posted at 12/11/12 11:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Pablo's damage to agriculture grew to P10.3 billion as of Monday afternoon, data from the Agriculture department showed on Tuesday.

Bananas took most of the damage, with 23,276 hectares having 71,644 metric tons (MT) of the produce worth P6.43 billion affected. The data also showed 29,522 hectares of corn were damaged with 54,536 MT worth P955.33 million estimated to be lost due to the typhoon.

Coconut trees were also among the most hit by the typhoon, with 15,087 hectares battered hard by Pablo and an estimated production loss of P766.82 million.

Typhoon Pablo also ravaged 6,666 hectares of rice crops, with 16,588 MT worth P407.39 million estimated to be lost.

Damage to livestock was pegged at P409.84 million, while a P1.17-billion damage to irrigation infrastructure was estimated.

Typhoon Pablo, which battered southern Philippines last week, has already taken 714 lives, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Tuesday. The latest figure is expected to rise further as 890 remain missing.