(MENAFN) The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines announced that damage to rice and corn farms from the drought brought about by El Nino phenomenon has reached about USD96.16 million.
According to the department, the weather phenomenon has so far affected 164,672 farmers and 177,743 hectares of land as of Tuesday.
Agriculture Secretary said: "Everyday that passes where there is no rain, there will be greater damage, and so the total damage to crops, mainly rice and corn, has breached the 5-billion level."
The department also said that a total of 108,845 rice farmers in 37 provinces and 55,827 corn farmers in 17 provinces were affected by the drought or dry spell that started ravaging the Philippine since late last year.
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