Japan farm exports hit record-high ¥750.3 billion

Feb 10, 2017

Japan farm exports hit record-high ¥750.3 billion

Japan’s exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in 2016 grew 0.7 percent from the previous year to ¥750.3 billion, hitting a record high for the fourth straight year, a preliminary government report showed Friday. The growth was attributed to brisk shipments of grapes ...

More women taking up farming in Japan

| Jan 1, 2017

More women taking up farming in Japan

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Farming in Japan is no longer a man’s business. Women are increasing their presence in Japanese agricultural communities traditionally dominated by men. Struggling with male-centered values, some women farmers have joined hands to find ways to survive and prosper after taking over their family ...

Zimbabwe crop farmers banking on science

Nov 26, 2016

Zimbabwe crop farmers banking on science

Under the scorching Zimbabwean sun, cattle seek shade among stunted thorn bushes in the drought-prone district of Zaka, where crops wither due to increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns. Severe lack of rain across southern Africa has hit the country hard, with government officials ...

Nagano town renders meat from pesky deer into pet food

Nov 15, 2016

Nagano town renders meat from pesky deer into pet food

The city of Komoro, Nagano Prefecture, has long battled damage to its agriculture from deer. After capturing and killing the animals, the city wound up incinerated most of them, and at considerable cost. Now, taking a new tack, the local government has set up ...

Sep 30, 2016

Japan starts talks on farmer income insurance in response to TPP

The government and the ruling bloc started talks Friday on a proposed insurance program to cover possible falls in farmers’ income stemming from free trade deals. The insurance scheme is intended in particular to help cushion any impact on farmers when the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

Sep 10, 2016

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

The pistachio trees at the village in southern Iran are long dead, bleached white by the sun — the underground water reserves sucked dry by decades of over-farming and waste. The last farmers left with their families 10 years ago, and the village has ...