Gov't to help farmers hit by heavy snow
The agriculture ministry has announced emergency support measures for farmers who suffered damage to their produce due to the recent heavy snowfall.
Last weekend, ministry officials visited orchards and farms in Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures to get a first-hand look at the damage. Many greenhouses collapsed because of the heavy snow and fruit tree branches were broken.
TBS reported Tuesday that in Yamanashi, the amount of damage to grapes and peaches is estimated at 7.1 billion yen.
The ministry said that it will pay 30% of the costs of rebuilding greenhouses and allow farmers to borrow the necessary money for recovery without interest for five years. The government will also subsidize replanting at the rate of 200,000 yen per 1,000 square meters, TBS reported.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency has issued an avalanche warning as snow melts in some areas, saying that temperatures are expected to rise to 15-17 degrees on Thursday and Friday.