Taiwan growers lose NT$400 mln due to water shortages

In Taiwan, agricultural losses caused by the current water shortage have exceeded NT$400 million (€12 million), with farmers in Pingtung County affected most. As of Friday, the nationwide agricultural losses totaled NT$401.8 million, with the losses in Pingtung reaching NT$352 million, or 88 percent of the total,. It was followed by Nantou County’s NT$21.42 million (5 percent) and Chiayi County’s NT$13.95 million (3 percent). Agricultural losses in Kaohsiung and Yunlin County were NT$13.62 million and NT$810,000 respectively.

The production of mangoes, tea leaves, plums and onions has been hit hardest, data showed. The shortage has damaged 53 percent of the production of improved mango cultivars, meaning 977 hectares have not yielded fruit and losses have reached NT$307.8 million.

As for farms growing locally developed mango cultivars, 34 percent of planted areas have been affected, with losses reaching NT$23 million. The shortage has affected 16 percent of tea production with losses totaling NT$30 million, 31 percent of plum production with losses of NT$15 million and 33 percent of onion production, coming to NT$14 million.

[ NT$1 = €0.30 ]

Source: taipeitimes.com

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