State must buy, restore ruined farms: group via The Japan Times online

The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives will urge the government to buy and improve farmland damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, its new chairman said in a recent interview.

He criticized the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry for failing to prevent cattle from being fed with rice straw contaminated by radioactive cesium from the leaking Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Beef from some cattle fed with the contaminated rice straw has been identified as containing cesium levels exceeding the government’s safety limit, affecting beef demand nationwide.

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