2009年9月14日月曜日

Uhhhh, that makes sense, yeah...

Been a bit of excitement up the road in Nakajo Village. Someone got sick of the Village Council and decided to take matters into their own hands. Nakajo is a Village of 2,300 odd farmers. So, disgruntled person started spreading a bit of a rather nasty herbicide around. Hmmm, hey, that rice paddy has a bald patch..... and that one.... and that one..... Most of the damage was centred around the head of the Village Council's house. And just in case that was too subtle the Village Office started getting anonymous phone calls calling for the resignation of the head of the Village Council. Yup, when you think democracy has failed you try agro-terrorism.

JA went in and did some tests and decided the poison was so nasty they closed down the village's farms. All of them. Noone in the entire village was allowed to sell any agricultural produce whatsoever. JA tested every farm in the village. Last night's news had a camera following JA around as they did that. Called out to a farmer who'd just been tested 'They didn't find any poison here.' Eggplant farmer with a I'm-too-busy-for-this-crap thing going on replied 'Course they bloody didn't.' For some reason that was the end of the interview...

Now with everything ground to a halt in peak harvest time there's a lot of pressure on the head of the Village Council. He went from 'I will not give in to terrorists' to 'I am not in the wrong, the perpetrator is in the wrong but I have to do whatever I can to help the Village so I will step down.' All very exciting times for a little village...

So, the head of the village council resigns and Village office gets another phonecall (there were about 10 in all) ever modest terrorist asks the guy who answers the phone "Have you heard about the poisonings?" Ahhhh, so self depreciating... Anyway he promises that with the retirement of the head of the Village Council there will be no more poisonings. The farmers are one final JA check away from being back in business.

All this had me shaking my head in disbelief but it was the very last interview that really made me wonder. They were talking to an eggplant farmer (a different, less surly one) and asked him if he was looking forward to being able to sell his produce again. (Does that win stupid question of the year or what?)

"We've been harvesting all along and have refrigerated as much as possible so as soon as we get the OK we'll be back in business."

What the....? So what was the point of shutting down the farms?


2 件のコメント:

bastish さんのコメント...

I thought the point was to stop selling until they can make sure it was all safe.

From what I hear, JA is more strict in terms of food safety than are other buyers (like Besia and other big supermarket chains). Still, I won't be buying any eggplants from Nakajo this year.

I can't wait for the ending to this story - when the local JA finally checks their records and easily discovers who purchased so much of that particular herbicide in the first place.

thefukases さんのコメント...

Ahhh, good point on the wait and see approach. Me too on can't wait to see who it was- if the large amounts of obscure poison doesn't give it away surely fingerprinting the public phone that was used to make the calls will- I mean how many public phones are left these days? And aren't you keen to know what the Gi-incho guy did that pissed someone off this badly? All very intriguing...