Wednesday 25 May 2011
Farmers in big trouble
Japanese farmers in the shadow of the failed nuclear power station are desperate for clean and safe Australian hay for their cattle.
The nuclear catastrophe after the tsunami has raised fear of contamination of meat, vegetables and fodder in the country's north-east.
Meat and Livestock Australia's Japan manager, Melanie Brock, has met the farmers at Fukushima and says they're very sad.
She says the chairman of the local agriculture co-operative told her he survived with what he stood up in, but lost staff from his business.
"This fear of the radioactivity, he just seemed to be at a loss as to what advice to offer his people," she said.
"Agriculture is such a big part of that area.
"What can the Government do to bring new industry, to ensure that there's employment opportunities?
"It's a terrible sort of malaise. Yeah, it was very sad actually."
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