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 ...

Jun 15, 2016

SMBC to launch rice farming business in a first for Japanese bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will this fall launch a company to farm rice, officials said Wednesday. It will be Japan’s first major bank to enter the agricultural sector. The banking unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. aims to improve agricultural productivity and expand ...

Foreigners illegally working on farms in Japan increase sharply

Jun 11, 2016

Foreigners illegally working on farms in Japan increase sharply

The number of foreigners working illegally on farms across the nation rose threefold over the three year period ending in 2015, according to government data. The findings highlight the difficulties facing Japan’s agricultural sector, including labor shortages and the advanced age of many of ...