Pres­i­dent or­ders speedy com­pen­sa­tion to farm­ers

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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