JULY 20, 2018-RICE SECTOR BRUNT OF TYPHOONS
Farmers and fishermen incurred losses amounting to P463.13 million as of Sunday due to Tropical Storm Henry and severe Tropical Storm Inday, with the rice sector suffering the majority of production losses, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). The DA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operations Center said production losses in the rice sector reached P326.97 million. A total of 12,309 farmers tilling at least 25,680 hectares in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, and 6 were affected. The rice output loss was estimated at 308 metric tons. Damages to the fisheries sector in Regions 2, 3, 4A and the Cordillera Administrative Region amounted to P136.16 million, according to DA data.