6 months El Niño caused agricultural damage amounting to P7.97 billion MB
By Genalyn Kabiling Agricultural losses caused by El Nino phenomenon have reached P7.97 billion with rice and corn as the most affected crops as of April, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced Wednesday. Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan (SCREENSHOT / RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN) Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan said the El Nino dry condition has damaged 277,888 hectares of farmlands, including rice, corn and high-value crop plantations, and affected 247,618 farmers and fisherfolk. Rice losses hit P4.04 billion with 140,387 farmers and 144,202 hectares affected as of April 30, according to Cayanan. The volume loss was estimated at 191,761 metric tons ... more