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P123M worth of farm output, infra damaged by Visayas quake – Agri Dept.

February 9, 2012 4:55pm
Farm infrastructure and agriculture produce were damaged to the tune of P123 million during the earthquake and succeeding aftershocks that rocked the Visasyas on Feb. 6, the Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

Lost were P56.3-million worth of palay and corn and P4.07 million worth of fisheries resources in Negros Oriental, the department said, citing field reports.
An estimated 2,190 hectares of palay and corn farms were damaged with potential yields of 2,579 metric tons (MT) and 2,349 MT, respectively, with 2,731 farmers affected by the earthquake, the departed noted.
Irrigation structures also sustained P63 million worth of damage, including 22 facilities that were destroyed.
Food supply

Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department ordered the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service to intervene and take charge of the slaughter and delivery of pork and other meat products in quake-hit areas.
“I was with the President in the Visayas last Wednesday. I noticed the critical need for food and basic commodities in the area. We have ordered temporary relief measures until the food supply situation in the affected areas normalizes,” said Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.
Government is also taking the initiative to buy vegetables from production areas near Negros Oriental, such as Kanlaon, and distribute the produce to consumers in the affected areas.
This is to make sure that prices of basic good will not go unreasonably higher, said Alcala.
The Department has also asked manufacturers of canned goods to supply the requirements of National Food Authority at the regional office in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental. — VS, GMA News

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