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Exclusive: LDP to propose budget quota for food security

  • May 11, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:11 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 11 (Jiji Press)–A Liberal Democratic Party team will propose that the government establish a budget quota for measures to enhance Japan’s food security, Jiji Press learned Wednesday.

The ruling LDP’s team on food security will call for the establishment of sustainable food supply chains amid global concerns over the supplies of food, fertilizers and feedstuff heightened by the coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The team hopes that its planned proposal on food security will be reflected in the government’s economic and fiscal policy guidelines to be adopted by June.

According to an outline of the planned proposal, the team will say that enhancing food security is the nation’s “urgent and most important issue.”

Budget funds for food security should be secured every year to help the food industry procure more food items and ingredients from domestic producers and diversify supply sources, the outline said.

In the proposal, the team will seek bold measures, including the launch of a system to cut the impact of soaring fertilizer prices on food producers.

In addition, the government will be asked to set up a task force for food security that will identify medium- to long-term tasks in order to establish food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries policies looking dozens of years ahead.

The team will also seek a review of the government’s basic plan on food and agriculture, including a target of raising Japan’s calorie-based food self-sufficiency rate to 45 pct by fiscal 2030.

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