Taipei--The losses in Taiwan's agricultural sector as a result of two recent storms that hit the country in as many days has been estimated at NT$176 million, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Monday.
During the passage of Typhoon Nesat and Tropical Storm Haitang over the weekend, Yilan County suffered the heaviest agricultural losses, estimated at NT$117.18 million, or 67 percent of the total nationwide, the COA said, citing statistics valid as of 11 a.m. Monday.
Pingtung County recorded agricultural losses of NT$41.71 million (24 percent), followed by Hualien County with losses of NT$6.04 million (3 percent) and New Taipei City with NT$3.88 million (2 percent), the council said.
A total of 1,834 hectares of crops were damaged by the storms, with losses totaling NT$148.4 million, the COA said.
Scallion farmers were hit the hardest, with a total 169 hectares of crop damaged that amounted to NT$21.23 million in losses, the COA said.
It said other heavily damaged crops included bananas, guavas, pomelos and mushrooms.
Meanwhile, the livestock sector suffered NT$11.68 million in losses, and the fishery sector NT$15.29 million, the COA said.
Damage to farm equipment resulted in losses of NT$640,000, according to the COA.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel