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Taiwan agricultural losses hit nearly NT$577 million due to heavy rains

Chiayi County, Kaohsiung City, Nantou County all recorded over NT$100 million in damages

Flooded field in Kaohsiung. (CNA photo)

Flooded field in Kaohsiung. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Heavy rains over the past few weeks had caused an estimated NT$576.84 million (US$20.71 million) in damage to crops as of Sunday (Aug. 15).

Recent torrential rains have mostly affected farmers living in the central and southern parts of the nation, with those in Chiayi County experiencing around NT$125.32 million in losses, CNA cited the Council of Agriculture (COA) as saying. Kaohsiung followed, with an estimated NT$106.46 million in damaged crops, while Nantou County also lost out on around NT$105.99 million, COA figures show.

Meanwhile, Pingtung County had an estimated NT$65.35 million in crop losses, followed by Yunlin County at NT$54.18 million. Changhua County recorded NT$46.07 million in damages, and Tainan reported about NT$42.41 in agricultural damage.

According to the COA, around 8,551 hectares of crops were damaged in total. Growers of papaya, guava, peanuts, dragon fruit, and longan were the most affected.

Livestock farmers also were hit with around NT$8.17 million in losses, with poultry farmers losing around 104,000 chickens valued at NT$4.55 million. Duck, pig, and goose farmers suffered the remainder of the losses.