According to data compiled by the prefectural governments, recent torrential rain disasters have caused a total of about 59.39 billion yen (about $550 million) worth of damage to the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries in eight prefectures -the seven prefectures of Kyushu and Yamaguchi prefecture.
Damage in Kumamoto Prefecture accounts for more than 60% of the total, amounting to about 38.72 billion yen. Agricultural products in which Kumamoto Prefecture leads the nation in production volume, such as tobacco leaves and dekopon citrus fruits, suffered serious damage. Unfortunately, it is likely that the cost of the damage will go up.
In the town of Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture, one of the largest citrus fruit production sites in the nation, the damage was especially serious.
According to the prefectural government and other sources, the harvest volume of the Shiranui brand of dekopon - a seedless and sweet variety of mandarin orange - in 2018 was 22,344 tons. The figure was the largest in the nation and accounted for about 40% of nationwide harvests.
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