Agricultural losses from Soudelor top NT$1 billion, says the COA
Taiwan’s agricultural losses from Typhoon Soudelor rose to an estimated NT$1,000.35 million (US$31.608 million) Monday, according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).
The COA said Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan suffered the biggest agricultural losses, estimated at NT$215.4 million, followed by Tainan City with losses of NT$ 158.11 million, Yunlin County NT$137.32 million, Hualien County NT$128.06 million and Kaohsiung City NT$116.1 million.
Losses in the category of agricultural produce were estimated at NT$ 884.71 million, with 17,761 hectares of crops affected, the COA said, citing figures valid as of 10 a.m. Monday.
Bananas were the hardest hit crop, suffering losses of NT$161.46 million over 2,326 hectares, while pomelos, guavas, bamboo shoots and papayas were also damaged by the storm.
The damage to agricultural facilities totaled about NT$ 84.55 million, most of which was in Yunlin County and Taoyuan City, the COA said.
It estimated the losses in the category of forestry at NT$18.75 million, in animal rearing NT$11.35 million and in fisheries NT$1 million.