Category Archives: Farm Policy

Vietnam lifts ban on imports of Unshu oranges from Japan

TOKYO, Sept. 15 – Japan-grown Unshu Mandarin oranges can be exported to Vietnam starting on Oct. 1 if they meet certain requirements, the agriculture ministry announced on Sept. 14. The oranges to be exported should be cultivated at registered farmlands and go through inspections for citrus fruit flies and other pests. The ban on shipments of the oranges will be lifted effectively for products which will be harvested next year. The ministry estimates that the value of exports for the initial year will be around 9 million yen. The ministry will start recruiting growers who want to register their farmlands at the Plant Protection Station to export the oranges. The … Continue reading

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Annual shipments of domestically grown vegetables for processing top 1 million tons

TOKYO, Aug. 17 – Shipments of locally grown vegetables used for processed products and by restaurants are increasing in recent years, reaching 1.06 million tons in 2019, up 72,000 tons, or 7 percent, from the previous year, according to the agriculture ministry. The figure – the total for shipments of 14 varieties including cabbages, onions, carrots, green peppers and Chinese cabbages – is up 187,000 tons, or 21 percent, from 2014. The agriculture ministry has been taking measures to boost the shipments, with a target of expanding the annual total to 1.45 million tons by 2030. Demands of vegetables for processing and for restaurants have been rising, occupying 60 percent … Continue reading

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Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate drops to record low of 37 percent in fiscal 2020

TOKYO, Aug. 26 – Japan’s calorie-based food self-sufficiency rate fell to a record-low 37 percent in fiscal 2020, down 1 percentage point from a year before, due to weak demand for rice, the agriculture ministry said on Aug. 25. The figure tied with the rate marked in fiscal 1993 and 2018, when the nation had seriously poor rice harvests. It has become even more difficult for Japan to achieve its target of raising the food self-sufficiency rate to 45 percent by fiscal 2030. The nation’s food self-sufficiency potential indicator also worsened due to shrinking farmlands. The food self-sufficiency ratio, which indicates how much of domestic food supplies are covered by … Continue reading

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Premium grape variety grown in Ishikawa found to be registered in South Korea

ISHIKAWA, Aug. 19 – The Ishikawa Prefectural Government said that Ruby Roman, a high-grade grape variety grown exclusively in the prefecture, has been registered as a trademark in South Korea in 2019 and 2020 by an unidentified person. Application for a variety registration in South Korea, which could have been taken as a countermeasure, is no longer possible because the period for filing the application overseas for the variety has expired, leaving growers with no options. The prefectural government is aiming to take stronger measures to prevent illicit outflow of seeds and saplings from the country or overseas distribution of products using the name Ruby Roman, making use of the … Continue reading

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Wagyu beef production shows 6 percent year-on-year rise in 2020

TOKYO, Aug. 10 – Production of wagyu beef totaled 161,000 tons in 2020, up 9,000 tons, or 6 percent, from a year before, according to a survey by the agriculture ministry. The volume of production increased for four years in a row since 2017 and the ministry attributes the rise to the livestock producers clustering program that helped empower farmers’ businesses. In 2018, the ministry set a target of doubling the annual wagyu production from some 150,000 tons at the time to 300,000 tons in 2035 and has been taking measures to achieve the goal. Due to the decline in the number of breeding cows following the 2010 foot-and-mouth disease … Continue reading

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