MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that the country has sufficient food supply despite the damage caused by Typhoon Odette to the agricultural sector.
Based on DA data, more than 68,000 farmers and fishers were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.
Around 300,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed and large portions of fisheries were affected.
The coconut and rice industries have also greatly suffered.
“Ang total damage and losses sa agriculture natin sa bansa ay umabot na po ng almost P6 billion pesos, still counting,” said DA Secretary William Dar.
Despite this turn of events, however, Dar assured that there will be no shortage of food supply.
“We do not have a big problem in terms of rice. Rice is so much available in most of the areas. But, of course, there are those areas that are slightly affected because of logistics,” he said.
Meanwhile, the department allotted Php2.9 billion to procure and distribute seeds for sowing and fishing boats.
This is to assist farmers and fisherfolks to get back on their feet and start anew. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)