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Over half a billion worth of agricultural resources were damaged in Taal's aftermath.
Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Tuesday, January 14, that damages from Taal's eruption is now pegged at P577.59 million, a high jump from the previous P74.55 million.
2,772 hectares of land and 1,967 animal heads have been affected, according to DA Calabarzon. This includes the commodities rice, cacao, corn, banana, coffee, and other high value crops.
Bureau of Soils and Waters, meanwhile, stated that the volcanic eruption also has good effects on the land, as it improves soil fertility. The bureau is set to survey the soil and waters in affected areas.
DA Calabarzon will be sending out a total of P21.7 million worth of assistance to 17 local government units Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Talisay, Lemery, Laurel, Lipa City, San Jose, Nasugbu, Mataas na Kahoy, Balete, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Padre Garcia, Tanauan City, Malvar and Taal.
The aid will include evacuation and treatment for affected livestock, courtesy of the Bureau of Animal Industry.
Bureau of Plant Industry, meanwhile, will be providing 5,000 coffee plants and 1,000 cacao seedling for farmers.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will also be sending out fish fingerlings, after aquaculture operations resume in the lake.
Loans and financial assistance will also be available for affected farmers/fishers, from Agricultural Credit Policy Council.
Taal remains in Alert Level 4, as of January 14.