TAIPEI (CNA) — Farm losses from the recent heavy rains in central and southern Taiwan have been estimated at NT$116 million (US$3.7 million), with Nantou County the hardest hit, the Council of Agriculture (COA) reported Wednesday.
According to the COA, farm losses incurred since August 12 had increased Wednesday by NT$12 million from a day earlier, with Nantou County suffering the heaviest damage of NT$47.58 million, or 41 percent of the total.
Kaohsiung City suffered the second highest losses of NT$31.68 million, followed by Pingtung County with 18.58 million, Chiayi County with NT$6.31 million and Yunlin County with NT$5.39 million, COA statistics showed.
Agricultural losses totaled NT$186 million, with crops on 1,919 hectares of farm lands damaged, the same tallies indicated.
Losses of papaya and passion fruit harvests swelled to NT$30.52 million and NT$30.365 million, respectively, while pitayas, sponge gourds and bitter gourds were also heavily affected, COA statistics showed.
To help farmers overcome the current challenges, the COA has announced that farmers in Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi and Pingtung counties, as well as Tainan and Kaohsiung cities, will be eligible to receive government subsidies and low interest loans.
By Flor Wang and Yang Shu-min