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

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…