Aug 31, 2018 General Comments Off on Agricultural losses from flooding up to nearly NT$900 million
Taipei, Agricultural losses caused by flooding in central and southern Taiwan since Aug. 23 were estimated to have reached NT$871.99 million (US$28.38 million) as of Friday evening, according to the latest update from the Council of Agriculture (COA).
The flooding, caused by a tropical depression that brought days of heavy rain to the southern half of the country, resulted in widespread damage to crops, fisheries and livestock.
Chiayi County was hardest hit by the torrential rain, reporting NT$462.81 million in agricultural losses, which accounted for 53 percent of the total, COA data shows.
Tainan City suffered the second highest losses of NT$225.37 million, or 26 percent of the total, followed by Kaohsiung City with losses of NT$109.29 million (13 percent), Yunlin County NT$58.02 million (7 percent), and Pingtung County NT$11.35 million (1 percent), the data indicates.
By industry, the fisheries sector sustained the heaviest losses of NT$395.63 million. Milkfish farms were the hardest hit, recording losses of NT$168.33 million, followed by tilapia, the COA data shows.
Livestock losses were estimated at NT$188.95 million, mainly resulting from the drowning of some 1.54 million chickens in the floods, along with large numbers of pigs, ducks and geese. Chicken losses were estimated at NT$114.5 million.
The losses in other agricultural sectors were estimated at NT$262.54 million, including NT$8.33 million among beekeepers, with 6,956 hectares of active farmland reported to have been damaged.
Guava was the worst hit crop, with losses reaching NT$24.72 million, the statistics indicate.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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