President orders speedy compensation to farmers
Farmers whose crops were damaged by Typhoon Soudelor over the weekend should be compensated “promptly based on a simplified procedure,” President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday.
The authorities’ assessment of damage should be more lenient than usual, the president told a village chief and scallion grower when visiting farmers in Sanxing Township in Yilan County in eastern Taiwan.
Ma chose Yilan as the first stop on a tour of farming areas hard hit by Soudelor, which swept through Taiwan on Saturday, because it is believed to have suffered the highest agricultural losses of any region in the country.
As of Monday morning at 10 a.m., Yilan County had suffered an estimated NT$200 million (US$6.32 million) to crops and other agricultural resources, about 20 percent of the national total of NT$1 billion in losses, according to Council of Agriculture figures.
In addition to Sanxing Township, Ma also visited other areas in the county on Monday and will head to counties and cities in southern Taiwan later in the week, according to Presidential Office officials.