Gov’t to offer subsidies for crop damage: Minister

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-04

Agriculture Minister Lin Tsong-Hsien says that farmers throughout Taiwan will be

A taro field in Yunlin County is covered in mud after heavy rains swept through over the weekend. Yunlin incurred the brunt of the nation’s crop losses during the latest bout of inclement weather. (CNA photo)

eligible for subsidies to deal with damage from heavy rain and flooding. He said that once the damage is assessed, within one week, the central government and local governments will announce the standards for determining who will be eligible.

Agricultural losses from torrential rain in Taiwan over the weekend have reached an estimated NT$40 million (US$1.36 million) as of Sunday. That’s according to initial estimates released by the Council of Agriculture.

As of 11am on Sunday, the council said that agricultural losses were heaviest in Yunlin County, which recorded about 54% of the nation’s total losses.

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