Agri damage reaches P190M due to Mayon ashfall

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  • Almost P190 million worth of agriculture was damaged due to Mayon Volcano’s ash fall
  • About 70 percent of rice fields surrounding the volcano was affected by the eruptions
  • P1 billion worth of quick reaction fund to assist affected farmers is now being prepared

Almost P190 million worth of agriculture was damaged due to ash fall caused by the continuous activity of the restless Mayon Volcano.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recorded that as of 8:00 a.m. of Sunday, about P181,382,970 worth of rice, P7,573,696 corn crops and P478,000 worth of abaca were destroyed due to the ash fall and  lava fountain episodes of Mayon, according to Radyo Inquirer 990 AM.

The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) have already recorded three lava fountaining events of the Mayon Volcano since Sunday morning.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol disclosed, as per an Inquirer story,  that about 70 percent of rice fields surrounding the volcano was damaged by the eruptions.

Piñol is set to fly to Albay to check and monitor the destruction caused by the eruptions, and to recommend possible solutions to the President.

Meanwhile, a quick reaction fund worth P1 billion from the agricultural department, as assistance to affected farmers is now being prepared.

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