JAPAN: Bumper rice crop prompts Food Agency to cut stockpiles
Japan's bumper rice harvests have prompted a recommendation by a Food Agency panel to cut the nation's rice stockpiles. The interim report released Thursday said the government's current stockpile of the staple could be to be reduced from 2 million tons to 1.5 million tons. The panel is slated to issue a final report, possibly by the end of the year, in which it will recommend an appropriate stockpile level, agency officials said.
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