Farmers in Yunlin Rush to Save Crop Damaged by Rain|雲林蔬菜瓜果泡水 農民趁雨歇搶救作物

Recent heavy rain have led to flooding in some parts of the farmlands in Yunlin County, leaving vegetables and melons submerged in water. As the rain finally ceased this morning, local farmers rush to try to save their produce. However, damage was inevitable, especially for melon farmers, who's loss could accumulate up to tens of thousands of NT dollars.

The farmers have picked their melons, most of which have rotted due to flooding and can no longer be sold. The farmers said the continuous heavy rain in the last few days have damaged the leaves on the plants, and the surviving melons won't grow to their full size or be sweet enough, therefore no one will buy them even after they're harvested.

The leaves have all rotten, and therefore the melons won't grow to full size or have the proper level of sweetness. No one will buy them. If you sell these at a market, no one will buy them.

The melon farmers in Yunlin County's Erlun Township said that, the cost of planting and harvesting the melons in this area is about NT$50,000. After the heavy rain, however, they said they can sell at most NT$10,000 worth of melons. The damage has resulted in loss of revenue and waste in labor. In order to prevent further damage by upcoming rain, farmers who have planted other types of vegetables are also rushing to save their crops.

Bugs would often come out after the rain and eat the crops. Therefore we have to harvest the produce quickly. Otherwise, the crops could wither under the strong sunshine.

The continuous rain has left much of our produce submerged under water. This will reduce the total volume of our harvest by about 20 percent to 30 percent.

Farmers in Yunlin County said that despite having less rainfall volume in the area compared to others, their produce has been heavily damaged by the flooding. And if the sun comes up afterwards, it could wither the crops, causing further damage. The farmers said they are rushing to save their crops in order to minimize the damage caused by weather, which will lead to reduced selling prices and financial losses.

來到瓜園農民將已經出現水傷腐爛,沒商品價值的美濃瓜摘下來,這些都已經沒辦法收成販售,因為受到連續幾天下大雨的影響,雲林農民就說,強降雨將瓜葉打破,接下來這些瓜長不大、甜度不夠,恐怕收成都沒人要買。

雲林瓜農表示:「太濕,瓜葉爛掉,葉子爛掉瓜就長不大,長不大,甜度沒辦法轉換,所以這些就沒有人要了,這種去市場,就沒有人要買了。」

雲林二崙瓜農表示,就以這區2分半的美濃瓜來說,種植到採收成本至少要花費約5萬元,但現在受下雨影響,整區的次級瓜最多只能賣一萬,不僅賠本種植還費人工,而擔心受影響的還有種葉菜農民,一早也趁著沒下雨趕緊搶收。

雲林農民表示:「下雨過後就蟲吃,太慢收成蟲就吃光,就要快收成,不然下雨又出太陽,就整個都枯萎了。」

雲林瓜農表示:「這樣下雨,浸泡在水,影響大約2-3成,無法收成。」
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