Japan aims to boost annual rice exports to 100,000 tons
Jiji -- Sep 09
Japan's agriculture ministry said Friday it has set an ambitious goal of increasing annual rice exports to 100,000 tons by 2019.

Amid a slump in domestic consumption, the ministry aims to step up sales campaigns for Japanese rice in overseas markets, where Japanese food is increasingly popular, in a bid to shore up farmers' incomes, officials said.

The export target figure is for rice consumed as a staple food, as well as for processed products, such as snacks and sake, in which rice is used as the main ingredient.

In 2016, Japan's rice exports totaled 10,000 tons for the staple food alone and 24,000 tons including processed items.

農林水産省は、日本のコメの輸出量を再来年に現在の4倍以上の10万トンに増やす目標を発表しました。コメの輸出で具体的な目標を設定するのは初めてです。 農水省は主食用のコメのほかに、日本酒やせんべいなどの加工品も含めたコメの輸出量を再来年に10万トンにまで増やすことを目指します。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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