Farmers in Albay were into land preparation for the next planting season. In the 1st District towns like Sto. Domingo, Tabaco and Malilipot, 419 hectares planted to pechay, ampalaya, eggplant, ginger, pepper and habitchuelas were affected by typhoon Bebeng, 9.5 hectares of which were totally damaged and 413 hectares have chances of recovery. Planting of vegetables was reported in the 3rd district (Libon, Polangue, Ligao and Oas).
In Camarines Norte, harvesting of palay was almost over and land preparation for 163.77 hectares took place during the month.
In Camarines Sur, typhoon Bebeng affected 9,387.54 hectares of palay and 1,505.21 hectares of corn. Almost 1/3 of irrigated palay farmers in San Jose, Goa started land preparation activities.
In Masbate, standing crops benefited from extensive rains as they were in reproductive and maturing stages. Supply of vegetables was rather scarce.
In Sorsogon, 729.58 hectares of palay were totally damaged with estimated loss of P6.7 million. For corn, damaged areas were 4.80 hectares valued at P75.000. Damages for other crops totaled P4.4 million for some 710 has. affected and 16.97 has. totally damaged.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
In Albay, liveweight price per kilogram of hog was P90.00 to P95.00 because of the presence of viajeros.
In Albay, fish production dropped due to rough seas.
In Camarines Norte, fish supply was sufficient, however, average price per kilogram went up by 4-6 % due to higher demand.
In Sorsogon, damage to brackishwater fishponds was valued at P150,000.00 which covered 15 hectares. Shellfish ban was lifted in Sorsogon Bay but local consumers still refused eating seashells and mussels sold in the market.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Albay, prices of temperate vegetables and some locally produced vegetables increased because some farm areas especially in the 3rd district were flooded.
In Camarines Sur, retail prices of locally grown vegetables went up due to typhoon Bebeng.
In Sorsogon, liveweight prices of hog ranged from P85.00 to P90.00 per kilogram at backyard.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Camarines Sur, a modern grains processing center for matured yellow corn was being constructed in Barangay Caraycayon, Tigaon. This processing center will be of great help to post harvest operations/activities of corn farmers in the province.
The DA-RFU V celebrated the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month and one of the activities was the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) Summit held at DA-RFU V grounds last May 16 and 17, 2011. It showcased the products of the different BFTs (formerly known as Barangay Bagsakan) of the region. Sharing sessions on good farming practices and tips in doing successful business were done.
The MAO in Bano, Camarines Sur conducted iron injection for piglets in Agdangan last May 6, 2011.
The MAO in Sipocot, conducted vaccinations for 20 head of cattle and 12 head of carabao against hemorrhagic septicemia at Barangay Bimahean last May 17, 2011.
In Masbate, BFAR V dispatched two (2) tons of seaweed planting materials in Naro, Cawayan and Nagarao while BAI conducted monitoring of animal health and vaccination of animals.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
BAS-Albay participated in the annual Agri-Fiesta Week Celebration held on May 9-12, 2011 at the Albay Astrodome. The celebration was also participated in by different LGU-DA of the municipalities of the province. It was highlighted by exhibits/ displays in their designated booths.
In Masbate, seminar on Comprehensive Agricultural Development Plan was sponsored by the DA Provincial Agriculture Office, Masbate City at the Bituon Beach Resort, Mobo, Masbate last May 3-4, 2011 and was participated in by all Municipal, Planning Development Officers and BAS representative.
7. WEATHER SITUATION
The region experienced rainy and stormy weather due to typhoons Bebeng and Chedeng. The rest of the month was characterized by sunny weather with scattered rainshowers.