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 and ...

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 agricultural ...

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 saying ...

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 a ...