Published February 25th, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Crop damage caused by the continuing El Niño phenomenon has reached P3.77 billion as of Feb. 17, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
DA Undersecretary Joel Rudinas said corn damage has reached P2 billion, while palay (paddy rice) damage has reached P1.7 billion. Damage to high-value commercial crops (HVCC), on the other hand, reached P1.3 million.
Data from the DA showed that as of the first half of the month, Luzon and the Visayas have borne the brunt of El Niño.