By: Yeh Tzu-kang, Yang Sz-ruei, Tsai Yi-chu, Bien Chin-feng and Evelyn
Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The strongest cold spell to hit Taiwan in 10 years over
the weekend has taken a toll on the fishery and agricultural industry in southern Taiwan and has caused irreparable damage to 500 hectares of crops in Taoyuan in the north and nearly 200 hectares in Kaohsiung in the south, agriculture authorities reported Sunday.
The cold wave has decimated fish stock at farms in central and southern Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said, although it added that so far, only sporadic cases of mass fish die-offs were reported in Tainan in the south.
The council urged fish farmers to take precautions to protect their stocks during such cold spells.
Several milkfish farm owners in Qigu in Tainan reported that the cold weather, which sent the temperature down to around 5 degrees Celsius early Sunday, has inflicted severe damage on their stocks. [FULL STORY]