Mr Kazuyuki Sueoka rues the damage to lemon trees on his family farm due to landslides triggered by unprecedented heavy rains last July that lashed western Japan, including mountainous Hiroshima prefecture.
The 68-year-old is a sixth-generation farmer whose family has been growing lemons in the port city of Kure for 120 years. More than 10 per cent of the trees on his 1.5ha farm were washed away, he said, adding: "The only way is to plant new trees, but they will not produce fruit for at least five years."
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