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Farmers Fukushima prohibited cultivation in areas at risk of radiation

Decision was made by the primary agricultural cooperative in the region due to excessive levels of radioactive cesium

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The main agricultural cooperative Fukushima, Japan decided on Thursday (26) prohibit the cultivation of rice crops in areas where last year reported excessive levels of radioactive cesium by the nuclear crisis.

The organization confirmed that there will be places where they were grown last year found levels above 500 becquerels per kilogram, the maximum set by the Japanese Government, informed the local agency "Kyodo."

However, the regions where they were detected more than 100 becquerels of radioactive cesium can be cultivated when the soil is unpolluted and the risk of these reduced.

The planting will be prohibited in certain places by the Japanese Government in a radius of 20 km around the Fukushima Daiichi plant by high radiation.

After the start of the nuclear crisis in Japan caused by the tsunami of March 2011, the Government regularly reviews Fukushima grain samples of 29 000 farms that are located in 25 municipalities of the province, according to data from "Kyodo".

In 2011, some rice samples came from areas located tens of kilometers from the center of Fukushima have surpassed even the 1 000 becquerels per kilogram after analysis, which led to the ban on the sale of grain coming from 4,300 farms scattered throughout the the region.

Tests with the grain represent a priority issue in Japan, a country where rice is the staple in the diet, with per capita consumption of 85 kilograms in 2009, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 caused the worst crisis in 25 years nuclear power plant in Fukushima Daiichi, whose radioactive emissions forced to displace approximately 80,000 residents and severely affected agriculture, livestock and fishing spot.

Source: EFE
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