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Japan:Tsunami-hit rice farmer uses salt-removal device

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Laaska News  June 22,2011
A rice farmer in a tsunami-devastated city is using a specially developed tool to lower the density of salt in his paddy without damaging the seedlings.

Hiroshi Ouchi of Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture operated the device on Wednesday. It was jointly developed by a fellow farmer and an agricultural equipment maker.

The density of salt in rice paddies can be lowered by mixing the soil with fresh water. In normal conditions, this can only be done before planting. But the new tool has 20-centimeter-diameter rollers that run between the seedlings.

Ouchi had worked to remove salt before the planting, but the density remained higher than usual, endangering the plants.

He will try again using the new tool several more times over the next month.

Ouchi says it’s his first such attempt, but he thinks it is effective and hopes for a good harvest.

NHK.

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