The devastation of Tropical depression “Usman” in Bicol and Northern Samar led to agricultural losses amounting to P300 million, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Wednesday.
Some 11,200 farmers from Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon were affected when “Usman” barreled through the central part of the Philippines before the New Year, Piñol said in a statement.
Rice damage was pegged at P266 million and corn damage at P976,000, while about P31.48 million worth of other fruits and crops were destroyed by the last storm of 2018, data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed.
“While the estimated damage to rice is very high, the farmers could still recover as most of the areas damaged have just been planted,” Piñol said.
The DA will give out seeds and insurance payments to allow farmers to replant immediately, he said.
“Usman,” one of the deadliest storms in 2018 brought continuous rains that triggered flash floods and landslides that left at least 85 people dead and several others homeless.