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Japan farm ministry to seek 16 pct budget increase

  • August 25, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 3:39 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries plans to call for a 16.4 pct increase to 2,684.2 billion yen in its fiscal 2022 budget from the previous year, informed sources said.

In fiscal 2022, which starts next April, the ministry will focus on projects including technology development to reduce carbon emissions and digitalization of agriculture.

The Japanese government has a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The ministry will seek 6.5 billion yen in fresh funding to develop base technology for carbon reduction, part of efforts to achieve both productivity and sustainability of agriculture.

For digitalization of agriculture, the ministry will support the introduction of advanced technology such as robots and artificial intelligence.

The ministry’s budget request will also include costs to develop a system to manage farmland information efficiently.

It will seek to double funding for a project to promote overseas sales of priority farm products to 5.9 billion yen. The government has a goal of raising Japan’s farm and food exports to 5 trillion yen by 2030.

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