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2020-05-25 | 公共電視

Continuous Rain Causes Damage in Luye, Taitung County|連日大雨 鹿野西瓜傳災情農民損失慘

The continuous rainfall in the last few days have affected the harvest in Taiwan's Taitung County. It is currently cabbage harvest season in the regions around the Southern Cross-Island Highway, however, more than 30,000 have suffered from cracking to different extent due to the rain. In the County's Luye Township, the farmers couldn't harvest their watermelons on time during the heavy rain, and about 35,000 watermelons have damaged while submerged in water.

The farmers in Taitung County's Luye Township have planted watermelons in a 15-hectare field. Now, more than 30,000 watermelons are still in the field, many of which have rotted or suffered discoloration due to the continuous rain in the last few days. Upon cracking open a watermelon, it is revealed that the inside of the melon has rotted due to excessive water and it cannot be sold. The farmers have harvested what they can and even at a price of NT$100 each, they are having a hard time selling the melons. They said that, in the past, the watermelons in the field could sell for NT$7 to 8 million. But they'll suffer heavy loss this year.

To be honest, you shouldn't eat this even if I give it to you for free. How are you going to eat it when the inside is already rotten? It's just garbage.

The latest monsoon season has damaged more than watermelons in Taitung County. The local farmers have planted cabbages in the county's Haiduan Township. Over 30,000 of the cabbages have cracked after absorbing an excessive amount of water. The rain has also damaged the road, making it difficult to transport their harvest down the mountain. The farmers have suffered heavy financial loss. However, the area in which the cabbages and watermelons are planted are not big enough to qualify for government subsidies, and the county government said they will help the farmers out in other ways.

Although they (the farmers) haven't planted their produce in large areas, we can still examine the loss in other townships and counties, and try to rectify the situation as a whole if farmers in other areas have suffered loss as well.

Hsu said that the most important thing for farmers is to report their losses to local government offices in their townships and districts so that the county can apply for subsidies from the central government.

農民在鹿野鄉卑南溪河床種了15公頃的大西瓜,現在3萬多顆都還躺在河床上,有的已經腐爛,有的因為連日大雨,泡水泡到變成白色,挑了一顆打開來一看,不但熟透了,還因為水份太多,果肉太爛根本無法賣到市場,勉強採收,一顆賣一百元,還沒有人要買,農民無奈說,往年可以銷售7、8百萬元,今年可能要血本無歸。

農民 陳詩林表示:「我也講難聽,送你吃你也不要啦!因為吃了,裡面都熟掉了,要怎麼吃?又製作垃圾。」

這一波梅雨鋒過境,台東縣不只西瓜泡水,農民在海拔1千多公尺高山的海端鄉利稻村種高麗菜,也吸水太多,整顆高麗菜像炸裂開一樣,數量超過3萬顆,而且要運送下山路況也不好,損失很嚴重。在台東縣,西瓜和高麗菜這兩種作物,種植面積都不大,可能無法達到農業天然災害救助標準,台東縣政府表示會盡力協助農民。

台東縣農業處長 許家豪表示:「即使他的作物並不多,但是我們可以去聯合其他鄉鎮市地區的部分,如果有一併都受到天然災害的損害的話,我們可以去做一併的統整。」

許家豪說,農民朋友現在最重要的,就是要向各鄉鎮市公所申報農業損失,縣府才有依據向中央爭取救助。

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