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Japan to Certify Farm Goods Produced by Disabled People

Japan to Certify Farm Goods Produced by Disabled People

   Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to launch a program under the Japan Agricultural Standards system to certify farm and fishery goods produced with the participation of disabled people.
   A panel of experts under the agriculture ministry on Jan. 29 adopted an outline of the planned "nofuku JAS" certification program. Nofuku is a shortened combination of "nogyo," or agriculture, and "fukushi," or welfare.
   The ministry plans to finalize details by the end of March and solicit applications to become certifying bodies, with the aim of putting the new program into operation as early as June 2020.
   The program will cover fresh farm and fishery products made with the involvement of disabled people, such as in harvesting vegetables, feeding pigs and landing fish, and processed foods using such fresh produce.
   Special stamps will be printed on packages for certified goods. For processed foods, information on certified fresh produce among their ingredients will be displayed.

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