News eDaily07 Aug 2017

Taiwan:2 typhoons in 2 days wreak US$9 mln farm losses

07 Aug 2017

Agricultural losses following the two weather events on 29-30 July have reached NT$280.5 million (US$9.27 million), according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).

Typhoon Nesat, which landed on Taiwan on 29 July, was followed closely by Typhoon Haitang on 30 July. They caused heavy losses to Taiwan's agriculture industry. Not only were crops and harvests destroyed, but animal husbandry and the fishing industry were also affected, reported Taiwan News.

Yilan County was the worst affected of the 22 cities and counties across Taiwan, with damage valued at NT$121.4 million, accounting for 45% of total losses. Other east coast counties posted smaller losses. Hualien and Taitung Counties each suffered roughly 3% of total losses, with damage of NT$9.67 million, and NT$9.54 million, respectively.

The central Taiwanese counties of Chiayi and Yunlin incurred damages of NT$18.07 million and NT$17.36 million, respectively, or around 6 % each of total losses.

In the south, Pingtung County suffered the second greatest losses after Yilan, with damages of NT$76.74 million, or 27% of total losses.

The damage to livestock is expected to be NT$12.27 million, mainly with the loss of chickens, ducks and pigs. The damage to the fishing industry is expected to reach NT$15.960 million, mainly due to losses of crimson snappers, orange-spotted groupers (estuary cod), Indian salmon, giant groupers and barramundis.


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