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Typhoon agricultural losses top NT$677 million

2012/08/04 16:49:58

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Agricultural losses accumulated over the past few days had topped NT$677.9 million (US$22.6 million) as of Saturday due to heavy rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Saola to several parts of the country, according to government figures.

The heaviest losses -- NT$462.4 million -- were suffered by bananas, pineapples, cabbages and other seasonable fruit and vegetables.

Damage to fields and agricultural facilities was also heavy, totalling NT$147.8 million, while damage to the aquaculture sector amounted to NT$52.9 million, mostly in Toucheng in the northeastern county of Yilan.

President Ma Ying-jeou, who visited farmers in Taitung County, eastern Taiwan, ordered the authorities to do their utmost to help affected farmers recover from their losses and to provide easy access to compensation.

Agricultural losses in the county totalled NT$80 million, with over 1,000 hectares of affected land.

Meanwhile, the Council of Agriculture announced that farmers and aquaculturists in Yilan and Taitung counties are eligible for low-interest loans to help with reconstruction.

(By Tyson Lu, Yang Su-min and Scully Hsiao)