‘Special account’ eyed for farmer aid

JIJI

The agriculture ministry plans to transfer all funds related to its income compensation program for farmers to one of its special budget accounts in fiscal 2013 to ensure more flexibility in the use of the money, sources said.

The funds will be moved to the special account for financing measures designed to ensure stable food supplies, the sources said.

The ministry hopes to include the plan in legislation on the compensation program that is expected to be presented to the current regular Diet session.

However, the move is likely to draw criticism from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which has called special government accounts “hotbeds of wasteful spending” and is trying to streamline such accounts as part of its administrative reforms.