Agricultural losses from cold fronts reach NT$84 million


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s agricultural sector suffered losses of NT$84.46 million (US$2.93 million) over the last month, as low temperatures brought by cold fronts damaged crops and fish farms in some areas, Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture said yesterday.

As of Feb. 8, the financial losses from crop damage had reached NT$21.58 million, with a total of 455 hectares of agricultural land affected, the council said.

The heaviest damage was to high-stem grafted pears in Taichung City, with reported losses of NT$10.96 million, followed by wax apples and Hai-li tangors, the council said.

In the fishery industry, total losses of NT$62.88 million were reported. Penghu County, the worst-hit area in the sector, suffered losses of NT$24.86 million, followed by Kaohsiung City with NT$16.43 million and Tainan City with NT$16.10 million, according to the council.

The council said it has approved plans to compensate tangor farmers for their losses, and will decide on subsidies for the Penghu County fishery industry after the affected areas have been inspected.