Nov 14, 2015

Government eyes extra budget worth around ¥3.5 trillion

The government is likely to compile an extra budget worth around ¥3.5 trillion ($28.5 billion) at the end of this year to help farmers boost their global competitiveness and finance social security measures, sources said Saturday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will instruct ministries to ...

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Oct 11, 2015

New farm minister spins TPP as chance for exports

Hiroshi Moriyama, the new farm minister, stressed in a recent interview that the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will provide Japanese farmers with opportunities to boost sales in overseas markets. “We’ve secured tariff cuts and elimination for beef, rice, tea and fishery products” from other countries ...

JA-Zenchu picks Okuno as new president

Aug 11, 2015

JA-Zenchu picks Okuno as new president

The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA-Zenchu, elected Choe Okuno as its new president during an extraordinary general meeting Tuesday. Okuno, 68, head of the agricultural cooperative union in Mie Prefecture, defeated one opponent, Toru Nakaya, head of the union in Wakayama Prefecture. ...

California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

Apr 6, 2015

California governor says farmers were spared worst of water rationing

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combatting a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state’s farmers. Brown on Wednesday announced sweeping water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history ...