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MANILA - The Department of Agriculture has placed the total crop damage caused by Typhoon 'Gener' and this week's southwest monsoon to P152.13 million in 20 provinces in Luzon and Visayas.

In a statement, DA said the regions affected by the typhoon and subsequent torrential rains are Regions I, II, III, VI, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region with a total of 25,958 hectares of crop land.

The biggest loss was recorded by the rice sector at P131.49 million, followed by the corn sector, P7.74 million; high value crops, P10.62 million; and fisheries, P2.28 million.

Affected rice areas in 18 provinces reached 24,780 hectares, many of which in the seedling/vegetative stage and with chance to recover. DA estimated 3,355 metric tons of palay from 3,902 hectares in reproductive/maturity stage were lost, while 22,876 hectares have a chance to recover and 1,904 hectares were completely damaged. 

Cagayan suffered the biggest loss, valued at P36 million, followed by Pampanga at P32 million; Bulacan, P26 million; and Bataan, P14 million.

The affected corn areas in six provinces reached 1,035 hectares, mostly with chances of recovery. Estimated loss was pegged at 666 metric tons from 574 hectares in reproductive stage. Most affected were Cagayan and Kalinga, with 20 hectares completely damaged.

High value crops damage were reported in Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan, with estimated crop loss at 733 metric tons valued at P10.62 million. Of the 143 hectares affected, only 1 hectare was considered to have no chance of recovery.

The fishery sector of Pangasinan and Cagayan suffered losses valued at P 2.28 million because of damaged fishponds and fish cages. 

DA said it is continues to gather reports from local government units on production losses, as well as damage to infrastructure caused by the southwest monsoon.

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