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Typhoon Nina incurs $8 million in agriculture damage in the Philippines

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The cost of damage to agriculture in areas affected by Typhoon Nina has reached almost P400 million ($8 million) in the Philippine.

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The crops sector sustained the most damage, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Initial damage report from the DA showed that agricultural damages have amounted to P386.5 million covering 317,956 hectares of agricultural areas, Louise Maureen Simeon writes for The Philippine Star.

In the Bicol Region alone, an estimated 87,800 hectares of rice areas and 6,000 hectares of corn areas have been affected.

Loss in value is pegged at P295 million for rice and P85 million for corn.

The DA said field validation remains ongoing as to the extent of damages on rice and corn. Damage to fisheries is also still being validated.

"Some areas are unpassable and flooded especially in Camarines Sur. Close monitoring is being undertaken by our deployed field personnel and LGU (local government unit) partners," DA said.

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