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Japan Implements Groundbreaking Farming Policy Overhaul, Revolutionizing Food Security Efforts

In a significant move, Japan is implementing a comprehensive agricultural policy overhaul aimed at bolstering food security. The government's plan includes reducing the nation's reliance on imports and taking bold steps to enhance self-sufficiency in food production. These measures demonstrate Japan's commitment to ensuring a stable and secure food supply for its citizens.

Yash Saxena
Japan Implements Groundbreaking Farming Policy Overhaul, Revolutionizing Food Security Efforts
Japan Implements Groundbreaking Farming Policy Overhaul, Revolutionizing Food Security Efforts

The government revealed its preliminary plans on Friday to overhaul the agricultural strategy, with the primary objective of bolstering the country's food security. One of the key goals is to decrease the nation's reliance on imported food.

During a meeting of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's task force, a new framework governing food, agriculture, and rural policy was introduced, aiming to ensure a stable food supply. In this regard, Kishida instructed farm minister Tetsuro Nomura to formulate a roadmap outlining specific measures to guarantee food security by the end of fiscal year 2023.

Kishida emphasized the importance of evaluating food security conditions even during normal circumstances and establishing a government system to proactively secure food in emergency situations. He expressed these sentiments during the meeting.

In an effort to reduce extensive imports, Prime Minister Kishida stated that the government aims to increase domestic production of wheat, soybeans, and feed grains. Additionally, the government intends to promote cost-sharing among farmers, businesses, and consumers, while fostering agricultural innovations.

To expand domestic production, the proposal emphasizes focusing on products heavily reliant on imports, ensuring a stable food supply through strategic stockpiling.

The blueprint highlights the significance of export marketing to sustain the foundation of agricultural production, particularly as the domestic market faces challenges due to a declining population.

The objective was to establish a platform that brings together individuals involved in various stages of the food supply chain, including growers, processors, and distributors.

Considering the challenges farmers may encounter in passing increased costs to customers, especially amidst the rapid rise in fertilizer prices, the government plans to provide compensation for any deficiencies based on specific criteria.

To materialize this concept, a draft has been prepared to reform the fundamental law governing food, agriculture, and rural areas. The government intends to present this draft during the upcoming ordinary parliamentary session next year.

In May, a council under the farm ministry issued an interim report outlining a proposed plan for revising the law. Building upon this report, the government has compiled the concept and is currently exploring the necessary legislative measures associated with it.

During the meeting on Friday, a plan was concluded to create a government task force, headed by the prime minister, specifically designed to address unforeseen food shortages.

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