Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)–Some 70 pct of farmers in nine prefectures hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year and the subsequent nuclear crisis have resumed farming, the agricultural ministry said Thursday.
In Aomori, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Niigata Prefectures, all farmers had returned to work as of March 11 this year, the ministry said in a report.
Over 90 pct of farmers in Nagano and Iwate Prefectures have resumed operations, while only 54.2 pct of farmers in Miyagi Prefecture and 56.0 pct in Fukushima Prefecture have managed to start farming again.
Many farmers in Miyagi were kept off the land because of tsunami damage.
Most farmers in Fukushima cited the effects of the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> disaster-hit nuclear power plant as a reason for failing to resume farming.