TYPHOON NINA devastates three Bicol provinces and wrought heavy damage on the agriculture sector.
As of December 29 the number of farmers affected from the province of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Albay is already 82,793. Of this, 72,766 are rice farmers; 6,962 corn farmers and 3,065 are high value crop farmers. The value of production loss is estimated at P4.1 billion.
The total rice area affected is 56,593.11 hectare; for corn 11,235.75 hectare and for high value crops including vegetables and fruit trees, 12,259 hectares have been affected.
President Rodrigo Duterte who flew in to Catanduanes and Camarines Sur 3 days after the typhoon has announced the release of P50 million from the national government to help farmers recoup their losses by planting anew. The assistance will be in the form of palay seeds to be distributed to the affected farmers.