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DA to ensure free flow of food supplies in Typhoon Milenyo areas

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (4 October) -- The government is putting in place contingency measures along with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) at the helm in going about the rehabilitation needs of people affected by Typhoon Milenyo.

“One of these measures is to ensure the free flow of food supplies which the Dept. of Agriculture (DA) is doing in coordination with the Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI) that is out in the field to make sure prices are stable in the Milenyo-affected areas,” Regional Director Joel Rudinas of DA, region 10 said.

He then appealed to farmer-traders in the region who might be interested to serve Metro Manila and other areas damaged by Milenyo not to take advantage of the situation by selling their products at exorbitant prices.

Meanwhile, Rudinas reported that Northern Mindanao had a total palay production of 111,415 metric tons during the first quarter of 2006, up by 5.28% compared to 105,824MT in the same period of 2005.

The overall improvement in performance of palay production during the period also noted a 17.58% increase in value, from Php961.357M to Php1.119B, which could be due to the expansion in the area planted to rice and availability of sufficient irrigation water, he said.

Posting the highest palay production during the period was Misamis Oriental which contributed 8.45% to the total regional palay production, followed by Bukidon with 5.99%, Lanao del Norte, 5.75% and Misamis Occidental, 1.89%. Camiguin, however, declined by 7.05% due to “tulyapis” or white heads resulting from excessive rain during the flowering stage.

Rudinas also said despite the decline by 1.07% in area harvested for irrigated palay, the total area harvested to the crop in the region increased by 1.31%, from 29,616 to 30,004 hectares as rainfed palay areas more than doubled during the period.

Moreover, the increase in average yield of irrigated palay which increased from 3.59MT/ha. to 3.76MT/ ha. more than offset the decline in yield in rainfed areas and further improved the total average yield from 3.57MT/ha. to 3.71MT/ha.

An increase of almost 12% in the farmgate price of skin dry palay, from Php8.99/kg. to Php10.04/kg. and the increase in production volume pushed the total value of palay production to more than Php1.118B.

As to sufficiency, however, region 10, with an estimated population of 4,053,020 was deficient in milled rice, during the period, producing only 72,419.75MT over a demand of 88,507.03MT or a deficit of 16,087.28MT.

The highest deficit was in Mis. Or. with a production of 3,428.10 MT over a demand of 31,266.56 MT or a deficit of 27,838.46MT, followed by Lanao del Norte, a production of 10,180.95MT over a demand of 20,166.14MT or a deficit of 9,985.19MT and Camiguin, a production of 137,15MT over a demand of 2,266.96MT or a deficit of 2,129.81MT.

Excess productions were, however, noted in Bukidon with 45,728.80MT over a demand of 24,229.91MT or a surplus of 21,498.89MT and Misamis Occidental, a production of 12,944.75MT over a demand of 10,577.47MT or a surplus of 2,367.28MT. (PIA 10) [top]

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