Zamboanga City has reported that damage to agriculture due to continuous rains last week increased to P6.5 million.
Citing the report of City Agriculturist Carmencita Sanchez, Mayor Beng Climaco said the continuous rains on September 13 to 15 destroyed 143.4-hectare rice fields and seaweed farms, affecting 91 farmers.
A total of 143.3 hectares of the total agricultural land affected are rice fields while only .2 hectares are seaweed farms.
Hardest hit was Culianan area where 95.5 hectares of rice fields were ruined. The estimated value of damage reaches P4,638,375.
In Talisayan, 26.8 hectares of rice fields were damaged with value pegged at P940,359. Six hectares of rice fields in Cabaluay proper were destroyed with estimated valued of P342,000 while in Gapuh, 6.5 hectares were devastated with damage valued at P277,875.
In Mercedes, P128,250 worth of rice crops planted in 3 hectares of rice fields where damaged while in Pook Cabaluay, P106,875 worth of rice crops planted in 2.5 hectares of land were flattened by floodwaters.
Also affected were 2 hectares of rice fields in Recodo, valued at P54,080 and in Guiwan with 1 hectare affected and damage valued at P25,650.
Meanwhile, the .2 hectares of seaweed farms located in Arena Blanco with minimal damage valued at P1,575.
Sanchez assured that assistance will be extended to the affected farmers.