TUGUEGARAO CITY (PNA)–The damage in agri-culture incurred by typhoon Ineng’s wrath in the pro-vince has reached an esti-mated amount of more than P65 million.
The Office of the Pro-vincial Agriculturist re-ported that out of this amount, corn plantations registered the highest loss reaching P31.4 million with a total affected area of 5,482 hectares.
Meanwhile, losses from palay is initially placed at P23,334,795 in over 9,300 hectares of rice fields which plants are mostly on vegetative stage. In addition, officials fear the newly-planted palay may not recover if these remain submerged in water for the next couple of days.
High value crops, es-pecially water melon, have also been affected with a total damage estimated at P9,469,000 Cagayan’s fisheries sector, to include facilities and different species, also sustained an estimated damage of P2.2 million.
Despite such losses, Benitez confirmed the provincial government will not put the province in state of calamity because there were no sufficient bases for such move. However, Governor Alvaro Antonio ordered the immediate validation of all reports for the possible grant of financial assistance and subsidy to all affected farmers and fishers.
Reports from Caga-yan’s Disaster Risk Reduc-tion and Management Office (CDRRMO) say affected population has reached 9,001 families or 38,622 persons from 131 barangays of 11 municipa-lities. These include the towns of Abulug, Aparri, Ballesteros, Camalaniugan, Calayan, Claveria, Gon-zaga, Piat, Sanchez Mira, Sta Ana, and Sta. Teresita.
Meanwhile, the num-ber of damaged houses in the affected municipalities has reached a total of 1,103.