Japan Bans Rice Planting on Cesium Contaminated Lands

By on Apr 10, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Environment, Headlines, Health, Science Comments

Japanese government has announced that it will ban the planting of rice in lands affected by cesium contamination. According to several international news sites, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan have announced the ban on Friday, April 9, 2011 with provisions that affected farmers who cannot grow rice will be compensated.

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“We had to come up with a policy quickly because we are in planting season,” Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Japan Minister Michihiko Kano told the news. “Following this, I want to hear the opinions of experts and local officials on how to remediate the soil,” added the minister.

According to reports, soil samples that exceeded the cesium contamination limit has been found in only two places in Iitate, a village about 25 miles from Fukushima Dai-ichi, the nuclear power plant devastated by the last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

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