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Deer and wild boar habitat ranges in Japan double in 40 years, with fallow land providing shelters and food and hunting and catching falling behind population growth

TOKYO, Mar. 28 – According to a survey by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) of Japan, the habitat ranges of Japanese deer and wild boars expanded in 2020 to about twice the ranges identified in the initial survey in 1978. The ministry estimates the habitat of the animals based on hunting reports and interviews with prefectures. MOE takes the method of dividing the whole country into 25-square-kilometer quadrats and identifying the quadrats with the animals. The latest report said the deer were found in 11,563 quadrats and the wild boars in 9,641 quadrats. Compared to the initial survey in 1978, the deer and wild boar habitats expanded 2.7-fold and … Continue reading

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Japan’s cabinet OKs 2.3 trillion yen agriculture, forestry and fisheries budget for fiscal 2021

TOKYO, Mar. 27 – Japan’s Cabinet approved a budget for fiscal 2021 at a plenary meeting of the House of Councilors on March 26, 2021, by a majority vote, with support mainly from the ruling coalition. The general account budget for the next fiscal year starting in April is 106,609.7 billion yen in total, setting a record for the ninth straight year. The budget includes agriculture, forestry and fisheries spending of 2.305 trillion yen, down 5.9 billion yen from fiscal 2020. It decreased for the first time in three years. It also included a 9.9-billion-yen budget for the export of agriculture, forestry and fishery products and foods, one of the … Continue reading

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Agricultural production value declines two years in a row reflecting drop in vegetable prices

TOKYO, March 13 – Japan’s gross agricultural production totaled 8.8938 trillion yen in 2019, down 1.8 percent from a year before, posting a year-on-year decline for two consecutive years, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on March 12. The value of production decreased below 9 trillion yen for the first time since 2015. The ministry attributes the decline to the drop in prices of vegetables due to abundant harvest. By prefecture, the production value was lower than the previous year in 36 prefectures, three-quarters of the total. Reflecting the decline in production value, farmers’ income declined 4.8 percent from a year before to 3.3215 trillion yen, posting a … Continue reading

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First Japan-grown strawberries to Australia shipped from Gifu Prefecture

TOKYO, Feb. 26 – The Gifu Prefectural Government and agricultural cooperatives in Gifu began shipping strawberries grown in the prefecture to Australia on Feb. 25, becoming the first in Japan to export strawberries to the country. Australia decided last year to allow Japan to ship fresh strawberries to the nation and the prefecture has completed all the necessary procedures for exporting, including registrations of facilities for production, fruit selection and packaging. A ceremony was held on the day in the city of Gifu to export 20 kilograms of Hanakagari brand and 5 kg of Minomusume brand strawberries. In August last year, Australia lifted a ban on imports of Japan-grown strawberries … Continue reading

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Farm work safety week newly launched to fight rise in fatal accidents

TOKYO, Feb. 17 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries established the farm work safety promotion week for the first time, starting Feb. 16. During the period up to Feb. 26, the ministry will organize events and forums aimed at reducing farming accidents so that the agriculture industry will reconfirm the significance of measures to secure safety at farms. The number of farm workers who died of work-related accidents in 2019 totaled 281, up seven from the previous year, according to the ministry’s statistics released on Feb. 16. The ministry also plans to set up on Feb. 25 a panel to discuss effective policies to secure farm work safety. … Continue reading

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