Typhoon Odette’s P8.4B agriculture cost.

 Typhoon Odette’s P8.4B agriculture cost.

Typhoon Odette’s P8.4B Agriculture Cost

The Philippines is no stranger to typhoons, with an average of 20 typhoons hitting the country every year. However, the recent Typhoon Odette has caused significant damage to the country’s agriculture sector, with an estimated cost of P8.4 billion.

Typhoon Odette made landfall in the Philippines on December 16, 2021, and affected several regions, including Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga. The typhoon brought heavy rains and strong winds, causing floods and landslides that destroyed crops, livestock, and infrastructure.

According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the typhoon has affected over 100,000 farmers and fisherfolk, with damages to crops and livestock amounting to P7.5 billion. The affected crops include rice, corn, banana, coconut, and vegetables, among others.

The DA has also reported damages to irrigation systems, farm-to-market roads, and other agricultural infrastructure, amounting to P900 million. These damages have disrupted the supply chain and affected the livelihoods of farmers and fisherfolk.

The government has responded to the situation by providing assistance to affected farmers and fisherfolk. The DA has allocated P1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of damaged farms and the provision of seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also provided cash assistance to affected families.

The typhoon’s impact on the agriculture sector is a significant blow to the country’s economy, as agriculture accounts for around 10% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs around 25% of the population. The damages caused by Typhoon Odette will have long-term effects on the sector, as it will take time for farmers to recover and for the damaged infrastructure to be repaired.

The government and other stakeholders must work together to provide support and assistance to affected farmers and fisherfolk. This includes not only providing immediate relief but also implementing long-term solutions to mitigate the impact of future typhoons.

In conclusion, Typhoon Odette’s P8.4 billion agriculture cost is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of the country’s agriculture sector to natural disasters. The government and other stakeholders must take proactive measures to build resilience and ensure the sustainability of the sector. Only then can we ensure the food security and livelihoods of our farmers and fisherfolk.