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MANILA – Timely weather advisories have enabled farmers to save a total of PHP26.5 billion worth of crops from the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta and Super Typhoon Rolly, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Friday.

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar noted that these timely weather advisories have enabled farmers to save PHP7.66 billion worth of palay (unhusked rice) and PHP1.31 billion worth of corn from “Quinta”; and PHP16.99 billion worth of palay and PHP579 million worth of corn from “Rolly”.

“We hope and pray that in the remaining eight weeks of the year, we will be spared from strong typhoons, and thus our full-year production estimate would be realized,” Dar said.

Meanwhile, the combined palay production loss amounted to roughly 165,000 metric tons (MT), representing 2 percent of the projected fourth-quarter harvest of 8.4 million MT.

In an earlier press briefing, DA Field Operations Director Roy Abaya said the production loss would not necessarily affect the supply of rice in the country, even though most of the affected regions were major rice suppliers.

Abaya added that farmers in typhoon-affected areas were able to harvest their palay a week or two before “Quinta” and “Rolly” brought strong winds and intense rainfall.

“Thus, they were able to save at least 1.6 MMT (million metric tons) of palay or 7 percent of our total target volume of 20.34 MMT this year, due to early typhoon advisories,” he said.

From July to September, palay production is expected to reach 3.542 million MT.

This is 16 percent more than last year’s output for the same period, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Ample assistance from different sectors of the government was also prepared for the rehabilitation and recovery of the victims. (PNA)

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