Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

【News】 Most of community-based farm management entities find their business conditions tough with current low level of rice prices (March 8, 2017)

More than 80 percent of community-based farm management entities including similar organizations find their business conditions tough, saying “Rice marketing business will be barely balancing,” or “Our incomes will not be able to cover expenses,” if prices of 2016 rice crop are continuously stagnating at low level in the market, Japan Agricultural News’ latest survey on business conditions surrounding farm management entities found. The survey was conducted this February by polling 108 farm management entities in the country, out of which 61 entities had replied by the end of the month. About 70 percent of these 61 entities increased their incomes in fiscal 2016, which was realized by consecutive price … Continue reading

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【News】Agricultural cooperative in Hokkaido signs partnership agreement with Tasmanian training organization (March 1, 2017)

JA Biei, an agricultural cooperative in Hokkaido, signed an agreement with TasTAFE, a training organization run by the government of Tasmania, Australia, on Feb. 28 to offer young Japanese farmers training and research opportunities during the winter. JA Biei hopes to make the agreement the initial step towards setting up business in Tasmania, which is located in the southern hemisphere with the seasons opposite to those of Japan, so that Japanese farmers can export farm products from Australia when farming in Japan is in off-season. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Tomeo Kumagai, head of JA Biei, and Jeremy Rockliff, Tasmania’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training, … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture getting prepared to accelerate intergovernmental discussions on quarantine for boosting exports of high quality fruits (March 7, 2017)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) plans to accelerate intergovernmental talks on quarantine, necessary conditions for increasing exports of agricultural products to foreign countries. With a view to facilitating exports particularly of fruits produced in Japan, MAFF takes steps to make preparations for the intergovernmental discussions by implementing demonstrative researches on effective quarantine measures in advance. Proposal on quarantine based on successful results of these demonstrations, MAFF expects, will be useful to shorten the duration of intergovernmental talks on quarantine conditions from a current average of nine years to six years. According to MAFF officials, lots of Japanese fruit producers do not like to have their … Continue reading

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【News】 Japan’s radioactivity testing on farm products finds no single sample exceeding regulation values in fiscal 2016 to reassure consumers on food safety (March 4, 2017)

Fiscal 2016 inspections on radioactivity implemented by 17 prefectural governments in Japan did not found any samples of agricultural and livestock products contaminated above the regulation values set by the Government, which is the first time since the testing began in fiscal 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced on March 3. These 17 governments continued to reveal the results of the inspections since fiscal 2011 when a disaster took place at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2011 due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The latest results of the inspections have reassured consumers … Continue reading

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【News】 Bidding prices of rice imported under SBS continue to decline, raising concerns over negative impacts on domestic market (March 4, 2017)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) completed a series of imported rice tenders for fiscal 2016 on March 3 under its Simultaneous Buy and Sell system (SBS), which tenders were carried out six times in the year. Last year, the state-controlled SBS auctions attracted press coverages on alleged mispricing of imported rice deals with so-called “adjustment money” paid by trading firms to wholesalers and distributers in Japan. Although payments of “adjustment money” were banned since the second tender in fiscal 2016, major varieties of imported rice have been continuously bided at new low prices in five SBS tenders since the second one. According to MAFF, 44,766 tons of … Continue reading

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