• The El Niño-induced drought continues to wreak havoc on crops and livestock across the country, raising the value of losses to more than a third of what the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported just a week earlier.
  • The DA said on Thursday that the extreme heat and lack of rain had resulted in P5.9 billion in agricultural damage as of April 30, equivalent to about 34.9 percent of the P4.3 billion recorded in its April 23 bulletin.
  • It reported on Thursday that the drought had affected 113,585 farmers and fishers in 12 of the country’s 17 regions with the volume of production losses amounting to 255,467 metric tons in 104,402 hectares (ha) of agricultural land.