P74.5-M crops, livestock damaged by Taal eruption

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MANILA, Philippines — Coffee farms in the province of Batangas and Cavite were covered in blankets of embers and mud amid the unexpected blast of Taal Volcano in Batangas province, leaving its residents with millions of pesos in damages and losses.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) released its initial agricultural damage report on Monday evening valued at P74.5 million. Of that number, 99 percent were incurred by the coffee industry, while the rest were recorded in livestock and corn.

“Coffee beans, if they haven’t matured enough, could not withstand that amount of ashfall. The sulfur content already clung to the plants,” Agriculture planning division chief Christopher Morales …

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