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No livestock farmers apply for government help | The Japan Times Online

What the….?

SENDAI — No livestock farmers in the four prefectures worst hit by the March disaster have applied for a government aid program to help them resume operating, apparently because the qualification terms make it impossible, local authorities said.Under the support program, the government offers subsidies to livestock farmers to remove tsunami debris and repair facilities. To apply, they are required first to form a union with at least five households as members, and the group is then required to begin operating as a collective, with jointly owned and run cattle, pig and poultry barns.

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Holy S**t, Batman! Flustered Fukushima farmers up to their ears in radioactive bullsht | The Tokyo Reporter – “All the News That’s Fit to Squint”

We’ve run out of space to store it,” frets a 75-year-old farmer in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, who tends a herd of some 70 cattle.

His bovines’ digestive systems are remarkably productive, generating two tons of excrement per day. This material, rich in nutrients, is normally recycled by selling it to vegetable growers.But as the Nihon Keizai Shimbun Aug. 16 reports, on July 22, farmers were ordered to halt shitments — sorry, we meant shipments — of the stuff until it could be determined it was free of radioactive cesium and thereby safe to spread.

The Ministry of Agriculture determined on August 1 that the safety level for cesium in cow dung was 400 becquerels per kilogram. It also promised to conduct inspections, but as of mid-August the inspection procedures have yet to be put in place and as a result, farm areas are literally becoming inundated in bullsht.

To make matters worse, the “Law regulating domestic animal excrement” requires farmers to store cow pies in specified areas, which means the stuff cannot be dumped in fields behind the barn.

The farmers are shrieking they’re about to run out of space. Fukushima has offered to intervene to take some of the load off the ministry, but so far nothing’s happened and in the meantime the poop is earning a PhD — piled higher and deeper.

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