Philippines suffers significant rice losses from Typhoon Koppu

Farmers trying to remove water lilies swept by Typhoon Koppu on a flooded rice field in Santa Rosa on Oct 19.
Farmers trying to remove water lilies swept by Typhoon Koppu on a flooded rice field in Santa Rosa on Oct 19.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (REUTERS) - Around 412,000 tonnes of unmilled rice that has yet to be harvested may have been damaged by Typhoon Koppu when it hit the Philippines' major grain producing regions during the weekend, a senior agriculture official told Reuters on Tuesday (Oct 20).

The initial estimate on rice crop losses was a "significant"volume and may prompt food security authorities to import more of the staple food, said Edilberto De Luna, Department of Agriculture assistant secretary for field operations.

That accounts for about 5 per cent of the government's forecast for total paddy rice output of 7.95 million tonnes for the December quarter, based on its July survey of farmers'planting intentions.