P11.8-M palay lost to ‘Glenda’-A A +A
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The recent onslaught of Typhoon Glenda here has left some P11.8 million in palay damages in Pampanga placing it on top of the four provinces affected by the most powerful typhoon to hit the country since super typhoon Yolanda.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), in its Summary of Progress Damage Report on Rice as of July 21, reported that some 695.47 metric tons of palay have been affected in Pampanga with some 762 hectares of rice farmlands registered as partially damaged. Most of the damaged palay crops are within their maturity stage, according to the report.
Majority of the affected palay crops are in the towns of San Luis, Lubao, Floridablanca and San Simon, among others.
The report also showed that Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales provinces sustained combined damages worth P18,914,380. Bataan province sustained some P5.7 million in rice crop damages followed by Bulacan with P771,917 and Zambales with P543,002.
DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said that the agency is now validating the reported damages to ensure that proper support and rehabilitation programs are set in place.
He added that the DA is continuously monitoring rice production in the province and the whole of Central Luzon in order to meet rice targets for the year.
The DA said that a total of 1,289 seedling bags would be needed for distribution to the affected farmers.
As for rice production in Central Luzon, the DA said it is optimistic that farmers could still catch up with the current wet cropping season, as most of the farmers in the region are still in the preliminary stages of planting.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 23, 2014.