Agricultural losses from torrential rain surpass NT$100 million

Taipei--Agricultural losses in Taiwan from recent days of torrential rain have exceeded NT$100 million (US$3.32 million), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, agricultural losses and damage to farm facilities caused by the torrential rain last weekend had reached NT$138.14 million, according to the COA.

Yunlin County in central Taiwan suffered the heaviest losses at NT$28.79 million, or 21 percent of the total national losses, it said.

The northern city of New Taipei reported NT$20.32 million in agricultural losses, followed by central Taiwan's Nantou County with NT$18.61 million, Taitung County in the east at NT$16.74 million and Yilan County at NT$16.33 million, the COA said.

Crop damage accounted for most of the losses, with 3,968 hectares of farmland and NT$96.21 million-worth of crops damaged, the COA said.

Watermelon farmers took the biggest hit, suffering crop losses of NT$22.23 million and damage to 360 hectares of farmland, it said. Other crops damaged include rice, corn, persimmons and peanuts, it added.

Meanwhile, the livestock sector has suffered NT$9.47 million in losses, largely due to the loss of chickens, geese and pigs, the COA said.

Losses in fish products reached NT$1.76 million, it said.

Other losses were estimated at NT$30.7 million, including flooding or erosion of farmland and damage to farm facilities, the COA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel