March Rains Destroyed 50% of Yunlin's Watermelon Crop|暖冬.溫差大 雲林西瓜收成恐減半

Watermelons grown in Yunlin County's Erlun, Lunbei, and Xiluo have been severely damaged by the rainy spell in mid-March, the warm winter, and high diurnal temperature variation. Many watermelons are rotting from the inside, and farmers say their harvest has been cut in half. The Council of Agriculture has announced that Yunlin County is now listed as a "watermelon natural disaster cash relief area" and any single field with losses of over 20 percent is eligible for a relief grant of NT$60,000 per hectare.

Watermelons that look perfectly normal on the outside are rotting on the inside. These watermelons can't be sold and have to be written off. Farmers in Yunlin say they have lost at least 50 percent of their crop due to the rainy spell in March, the preceding warm winter and high diurnal temperature variation.

If watermelons grow on the outside but not on the inside, they rot. If they grow on the inside but not on the outside, they crack open. Even our oldest watermelon farmers say they have never seen anything like this.

Farmers say the damage started in March due to the rain, with rot spreading from the bottom of melons into the interior. There are no exterior signs a watermelon is rotting on the inside until they ripen and bust open. The Council of Agriculture says Yunlin County is eligible for natural disaster cash relief and farmers with losses of over 20 percent can receive up to NT$60,000 per hectare in relief funds.

Only farmers that have losses to over 20 percent of single fields qualify for relief, and watermelons that have already been harvested cannot be taken into account because township office staff can only look at what's in the fields during their inspections.

The Yunlin County Agriculture Department says the degree of damage caused by the rain in March varies from field to field and qualifying farmers can file for relief grants at their local township office before May 20.

農民將外觀看起來無異樣的西瓜切開,但切開後才發現瓜頭已經腐爛,這樣的西瓜根本無法上市,雲林瓜農就說今年三月份連續下雨,又加上暖冬和日夜溫差大,造成爛瓜多,大多數農民預估至少減收五成。

雲林瓜農表示:「外面要成長,裡面不成長也都會壞掉。有時是裡面要成長,外面不成長,就會裂果。這些種瓜老人,種那麼久的農民也沒遇過這情形。」

瓜農就說三月份陸續續下雨,「栽仔病」漸漸出現,會從底部往內部爛,外觀完全看不出,等到成熟時才腐爛爆開,經農委會現勘公告雲林縣為西瓜天然災害現金救助區,若超過20%損失以上,每公頃可領救助金6萬元。

雲林縣農業處長 張鴻猷表示:「損害面積單一田區要達20%以上,才達救助標準,而且已經採收部分是不予採記,因為公所同仁在現勘的時候,要以現有部分來做救助依據。」
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