FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops and Shortages  - 08/03 - PHILIPPINES (31 July)


The powerful Typhoon Imbudo (Philippine name: Harurot) hit vast agricultural lands in northern Luzon in the Philippines and caused some 2 billion pesos (US$37 million) crop damage. In worst-hit Isabela province in northeastern Cagayan Valley region alone, crop damages are estimated to be more than 1 billion pesos. The Department of Agriculture estimated damage to maize at 446 000 tonnes from Imbudo, but to rice was minimal at 78 115 tonnes. The government of Philippines may cut the minimum import tariff on maize to 20 percent from 35 percent due to prospects of a bigger production shortfall after Typhoon Imbudo. A total of 14 280 people were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The Philippine government has not released any request for international assistance.