Mayon eruption destroys P94M worth of agricultural crops

News Philippines Jan 26, 2018 at 4:15 pm
DAMAGED CROPS. Volcanic materials cascade down to rice paddies in this file photo from Jan. 22, 2018.  Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

DAMAGED CROPS. Volcanic materials cascade down to rice paddies in this file photo from Jan. 22, 2018.
Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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ALBAY, Philippines – Almost P94 million worth of agricultural crops have been damaged since Mayon volcano erupted two weeks ago, the provincial agricultural officer of Albay said on Thursday, January 26.

Che Rebeta, provincial agricultural officer, said the initial estimate estimate of P93,916,916 in damage is expected to increase, as the volcano is expected to spew out materials in the next few days before a possible big explosion.

She said 5,172 farmers are now without income.

“We are facing economic disaster as numerous farmers are without income. Their crops are badly affected by the volcano’s eruption, with less chances of recovery, except for rice, with 50% probable recovery,” Rebeta said.

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