The cultivation of rice on a trial basis has begun in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Futaba, from where all residents were evacuated following the 2011 nuclear disaster.
It will be the first rice crop in the town since Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant suffered triple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The safety of the harvested rice will be tested through checks for radioactive materials.
Members of a local management association for farmland conservation in charge of the cultivation trial participated in the sowing, along with its chairman Osamu Kohata and Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa and officials from agricultural cooperatives and the prefectural agriculture and forestry office.
The planted rice, known as Ten no Tsubu, was developed by the prefectural government.
The event marked “the first step in resuming agricultural operations,” Kohata said, showing eagerness to “restore the town’s landscape by increasing the planted areas after the trial cultivation.”
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