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The government on Tuesday submitted to a Democratic Party of Japan panel an outline of its plan to expand subsidies to farmers of six crops, including wheat and soybeans, starting next April in addition to rice farmers.

The plan would provide extra subsidies depending on farmers’ efforts to improve the harvest and quality of their crops.

The government intends to provide ¥15,000 per 1,000 sq. meters of farmland to help cover the gap between production costs and sales prices, according to the outline.

The government is offering the subsidies this fiscal year to rice farmers as a model project.

Under the new proposal, extra subsidies would be given to farmers who cultivate farmland in mountainous regions or make environmental conservation efforts.

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