Mon, Mar 07, 2005 - Page 10 News List

Cold has caused NT$699 million in agricultural losses


Council of Agriculture Chairman Lee Chin-lung, right, yesterday visits a farm in Miaoli's Cholan Township to see first-hand the agricultural damage caused by the recent cold weather.


The twin impact of cold weather and continued rain since the middle of last month are estimated to have caused NT$699 million worth of damage in the agricultural sector, the Council of Agriculture said in a statement yesterday.

As of 3pm of yesterday, the cold temperature has delivered a significant blow to farmlands in Ilan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung and Nantou counties, with farm losses rising to NT$693.3 million and fishery losses to NT$5.7 million, according to statistics compiled by the council.

Miaoli County reported the most farm damage with NT$231.5 million, followed by Nantou County with NT$212.7 million and Taichung County with NT$167.5 million, the council added.

After visiting farms in Miaoli and Nantou yesterday morning, Council of Agriculture Chairman Lee Chin-lung (李金龍) said strawberries, pears and high-mountain teas are among the hardest-hit products.

Lee said the council will negotiate with government agencies to offer cash subsidies or low-interest rate loans to farmers affected by the cold snap.

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