Agricultural losses due to Dujuan top NT$217 mil.
Taiwan’s agricultural losses from Typhoon Dujuan, which ripped across Taiwan Monday, had been estimated at NT$217.01 million (US$6.59 million) as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Council of Agriculture (COA) figures.
Yunlin County suffered the biggest losses, estimated at NT$82.89 million, accounting for 38 percent of the country’s total losses, the COA said Wednesday citing a preliminary assessment of the damage caused by the typhoon. The figure is likely to increase in the coming days.
Coming in next was Yilan County, with losses of NT$28.84 million, accounting for 13 percent of the total, and Taichung at NT$22.67 million, or 10 percent of the total.
Losses in the category of crops were estimated at NT$201.45 million, with 8,018 hectares affected, the COA said.
Rice was the hardest-hit crop, suffering losses of NT$31.64 million across 2,799 hectares. Honey tangerines, bananas, guavas and grapes also suffered substantial damage from the typhoon, the COA said.
It estimated losses in the forestry category at NT$1.34 million, and in animal husbandry at NT$2.29 million. The damage to agricultural facilities totaled about NT$8.51 million, most of which occurred in Yunlin County, the COA said.