Flooding-related agricultural losses reach NT$426.3 million

Taipei, Agricultural losses caused by flooding in central and southern Taiwan over the past few days are estimated to have reached NT$426.3 million (US$13.89 million) as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the latest update by the Council of Agriculture (COA).

A tropical depression has triggered heavy rain since Thursday, inundating central and southern parts of Taiwan and causing severe losses to crops, fisheries and livestock.

Chiayi County was hardest hit by the torrential rain, with about NT$305 million in agricultural losses, accounting for 72 percent of the total, COA data shows.

Tainan was the second worst hit, with NT$79.89 million in losses or 19 percent of the total, followed by Yunlin County with NT$17.39 million (4 percent), Kaohsiung NT$16.17 million (4 percent) and Pingtung County NT$5.95 million (1 percent), the data indicates.

The COA said 2,680 hectares of farmland was flooded, with pumpkins, gourds, tomatoes, peanuts, watermelons and corn the worst hit crops.

In terms of livestock, losses totaled NT$158 million, with 1.4 million chickens reportedly dying in the flooding, as well as large numbers of pigs, ducks and geese, the COA added.

The COA said losses suffered by the fishing industry hit NT$243.1 million, with milkfish, tilapia, barramundi, eels and grouper hardest hit.

The COA said local governments in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung will provide financial relief to farmers who suffered losses due to the flooding.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel