The United Nations’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says significant flooding and devastation across Southeast Asia – including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand – has caused severe damage to housing, infrastructure and agriculture.
Official estimates indicate that 1.6 million hectares, or 12.5% of the total rice farmland has been damaged in Thailand alone. The region has also seen scores of livestock killed or displaced, with significant numbers considered to still be at risk. In Thailand alone, 9.9 million head of livestock are at risk according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, though this number is set to rise as the flood situation worsens.
Wednesday October 26, 2011. Asian Agribusiness.