Farmland to be restored


Nearly 40 percent of tsunami-hit farmland in six prefectures along the Pacific coast will be restored by the start of the rice planting season in May, the farm ministry said.

A total of 21,476 hectares of farmland was inundated by massive tsunami across the six prefectures — Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba — last March. Work to remove salt residue from 8,310 hectares will be completed before the planting season starts, the ministry said Friday.

Among the three worst-hit prefectures, 230 hectares will be restored in Iwate, 32 percent of the total affected land, 6,670 hectares, or 47 percent, in Miyagi, and 460 hectares, or 8 percent, in Fukushima.