Aug 30, 2015

Japan to set guidelines for farm drone use

Japan’s agriculture ministry is considering setting rules for how drones can be using in farming amid a recent upsurge of interest by the sector in the technology, according to officials in the agency. Compared with the unmanned helicopters currently used in agricultural work, such ...

How will climate change affect your livelihood?

Aug 30, 2015

How will climate change affect your livelihood?

As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: “How will it affect my livelihood?” Well, that depends — on your profession, your age, and exactly where you live, among other things. Here, then, are a few scenarios for a ...

Aug 25, 2015

Farm ministry to request 14.8% rise in 2016 budget

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will seek ¥2.65 trillion in its budget request for fiscal 2016, up 14.8 percent from its initial budget for the previous year, according to informed sources. For the year starting next April, the ministry will request ¥458.8 ...

Aug 13, 2015

Japan to help Vietnam with agricultural production through consumption

Japan and Vietnam on Wednesday adopted an action program involving assistance from Japanese public and private sectors to help boost production in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and food industries in the Southeast Asian nation. Starting this year, the five-year program is aimed at establishing ...

'Farmland bank' program off to a slow start

Aug 6, 2015

'Farmland bank' program off to a slow start

The government is to set to give more teeth to a “farmland bank” program aimed at boosting the competitiveness of Japan’s agricultural sector. The program is designed to consolidate small and scattered plots of farmland through “farmland banks” set up by all 47 prefectural ...