The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be providing assistance to affected farmers and fisherfolks in Eastern Visayas and parts of Luzon affected by Typhoon Ambo. The department will utilize the P700 million Quick Response Fund, a pre-disaster or standby fund allocated to certain government agencies for assisting communities and areas devastated by calamities and catastrophes, to rehabilitate damaged properties and livelihood of the agri-fishery sector.

After conducting field evaluation, the DA summed up a total of P1.14 billion worth of damaged crops and fishery resources from Typhoon Ambo’s onslaught. This includes P793 million worth of banana, papaya and assorted vegetables, P301.7 million worth of rice and corn, P25.5 million worth of fisheries, and P23.4 million worth of livestock.

Despite the damages, DA Secretary William Dar is still thankful that the destruction is manageable since the department gave early warnings to field offices, which include immediate harvesting of mature rice and crops for farmers and placing of fishing boats and nets to a secure area and steering clear of the waters for fisherfolks.

Secretary Dar also ordered prepositioning of seed stocks, animal feeds, veterinary drugs and biologics like vaccines to various regions in preparation for future emergencies and calamities. The seed stocks include 109,586 bags of rice seeds, 10,116 bags of corn seeds and 1,195 kilograms of vegetable seeds.

Aside from these, P90.5 million worth of insurance will be given to 11,500 farmers and fishermen who availed legal protection through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation. The insurance company promises to process the insurance coverage soonest for the benefit of the affected livestock areas.

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