Jun 06, 2017 Government & Politics Comments Off on Agricultural losses from heavy rain exceed NT$160 million (update)
Taipei--Agricultural losses in Taiwan from days of torrential rain has reached NT$163.52 million (US$5.42 million), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said, citing estimates valid as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Nantou County in central Taiwan suffered the heaviest losses at NT$40.30 million, or 25 percent of total national losses, the COA said.
Yunlin County reported NT$28.79 million in agricultural losses, followed by New Taipei City with NT$20.32 million, Taitung County with NT$16.74 million and Yilan County with NT$16.33 million, the COA said.
Crop damage accounted for most of the losses, with 4,136 hectares of farmland and NT$112.08 million worth of crops damaged, according to the COA.
Watermelon farmers took the biggest hit, suffering crop losses of NT$22.41 million and damage to 365 hectares of farmland. Other crops damaged include rice, ginger, mushroom and tomatoes.
The livestock sector faced 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.
Other losses were estimated at NT$40.20 million and included flooding or erosion of farmland and damage to farm equipment, according to the COA.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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