Taipei, June 19 (CNA) The agricultural losses caused by heavy rain across Taiwan in recent weeks have escalated to NT$624 million (US$21 million), according to statistics released by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA) on Tuesday.
Crop losses were estimated at NT$427 million, the figures showed.
Some 15,628 hectares of farmland, 17 percent of the total throughout the country, suffered damage, the tallies showed.
Rice crops took the hardest hit, with 9,200 hectares of first crop paddies damaged, the COA said.
Farms that grow persimmons, watermelons, papayas, leafy vegetables and tomatoes also sustained heavy flooding, the council said.
Significant losses were also reported in the livestock, fishery and forestry industries, it said. Livestock losses were recorded at NT$10.74 million, fishery at NT$82.32 million, and forestry at NT$3.98 million, the statistics showed.
The losses resulting from farmland damage amounted to NT$95.75 million, while infrastructure damage was more than NT$3 million, the COA said.
Agriculture officials said the government has activated aid programs that will offer subsidies and low-interest loans to farmers who suffered losses as a result of the heavy rain.
(By Yang Shu-min and Elizabeth Hsu)