Bebeng destroys P225-m crops, livestock

Typhoon Bebeng left in its wake as much as P225 million worth of damage to farm crops and livestock and poultry, the Agriculture department said on Friday.

Damage to rice farms reached P186 million involving 43,543 metric tons of the staple grains.

Destroyed palay plantation areas reached 18,000 hectares in Alabay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon.

Damage to corn farms in Sorsogon, Masbate and Camarines Sur hit 2,745 MT valued at P15.8 million.

Regional field update also reported damage to high value crops like abaca involving 1,400 MT valued at P22 million.

Meanwhile, livestock and poultry suffered losses amounting to P1.2 million.

Despite the typhoon damage, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala maintained that 2nd and 3rd quarter farm output will still register double digit growth.

The agriculture sector chalked up a 4.1 percent output in the first quarter of 2011 owing to a surge in crop production at 8.19 percent. Crops accounted for half of agricultural production in the first quarter.Othel V.Campos

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