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MAFF UPDATE NO.722 (Published on October 16, 2009)

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Number 722
October 16, 2009
A weekly update of news from the Japanese
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
International Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Kasumigaseki 1-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950
Fax: 81-3-5512-7652
Editor: Takao Sato

 

Notice of Drafting Activities for the Revision and Establishment of Official Standards under the Fertilizer Control Law

MAFF has started drafting activities for the revision and establishment of the following official standards for ordinary fertilizers under Article 3 of the Fertilizer Control Law in October 2009.

1. Official standards to be revised
・Fused silicate phosphate fertilizer
・Complex fertilizer
・Mixed fertilizer
・Complex fertilizer made from sludge fertilizers and other fertilizers
・Fertilizer incorporated with chemical substances and other substances

2. Official standards to be established
・Fused phosphate fertilizer made from sewage sludge ash and other fertilizers

Interested parties are invited to submit questions or comments on the above activities by October 30th, 2009.

Inquiries should be addressed to the Plant Products Safety Division of the Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, by post to the MAFF address shown on page 1 of this newsletter, by facsimile at (03) 3580-8592.

Session of the Subcommittee of the JAS Council to be Held


MAFF will hold a session of the Subcommittee of the Council for Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. The session will be held in the Dai-2-Tokubetsu Meeting Room at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (the 4th floor, door#467 of the main building). The session consists of two parts and will consider the following:

1. First part (Start at 1:30 p.m.)
    Japanese Agricultural Standards to be revised for:
    a. Structural lumber for wood frame construction,
    b. Finger-jointed structural lumber for wood frame construction.

2. Second part (Scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.)
    Japanese Agricultural Standards to be revised for:
    a. Hamburger patty,
    b. Chilled hamburg steak,
    c. Chilled meat ball,
    d. Agricultural products with production information,
    e. Naturally grown chicken.

Committee members for the first part will be replaced with those for the second part during a short intermission between the two parts. Those who wish to listen to the discussion are asked to apply by clearly indicating which part you wish to listen to; “First part only”, “Second part only” or “both parts”.

Those who wish to listen to the discussion or make comments at the session are asked to apply, in Japanese, either by fax or mail. Please indicate the name, address, membership (such as organization and company) and telephone number (and fax number if available) of the applicant, and whether you wish to make comments or just listen to the discussion. Please note that applications by telephone will not be accepted.

If you are applying by mail, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or an envelope (a double postal card is also available). One application per applicant is required. All applications, whether by fax or mail, must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009. If you wish to be accompanied by an interpreter or a disability assistance dog (i.e. a guide dog), or if you use a wheelchair, please indicate as such in the applications.

If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the meeting room, attendees will be selected by lot (Around 35 attendees will be acceptable).
The session will be conducted entirely in Japanese and no translation will be provided.
Attendees must keep quiet and follow the instruction of chairperson and staffs of secretariat all times during the session. Otherwise, attendees may be asked to go out of the meeting room. The use of cameras, video recorders, tape recorders, wireless microphones and other such devices are prohibited during the meeting. Attendees are asked to be seated in the meeting room by 10 minutes before each part of the session. Entrance/exit to and from the meeting room during the session is not allowed except in case of emergency.
Attendees wishing to make comments must submit an abstract, in Japanese, to the chairperson by the prescribed deadline. Attendees may not comment beyond what are said at submitted abstract. Attendees are allowed to make or circulate comments through their agents, with the chairperson’s approval.
For further information, please contact the Labeling and Standards Division by telephone at (03)-3502-8111(ext.4480) / (03)-6744-2096(dir.) or by fax at (03)-3502-0594.
The mail should be addressed to the following address:
Labeling and Standards Division, Food Safety and Consumers Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8950

Subcommittee of the JAS Council:
http://www.maff.go.jp/j/jas/kaigi/bukai.html

 

 


STATISTICS


The following statistics are available from the Statistics Planning Division of the Statistics Department (Tel. 03-6744-2037).

1. Statistics on Lumber, June 2009.
2. Statistics on Plywood, June 2009.
3. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, June 2009.
4. Statistics on Meat Marketing, June 2009.
5. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Middle 10 days of July 2009.
6. Crop general condition such as early culturing in a southwest warm place of Paddy Rice, as of July 15, 2009.
7. Index Numbers of Commodity Prices in Agriculture, June 2009.
8. Statistics on Chicks Hatched, June 2009.
9. Statistics on Marketing of Fisheries Products in Consuming Areas, June 2009.
10. Monthly Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, June 2009.
11. Report of Survey on Trend of Price and Sales of Perishable Food, April - June 2009.
12. Outline of Status Survey on Food Industry Activities (Survey on Marketing Structure of Fisheries Products ), 2007
13. Production and Shipment of Chinese gooseberry, 2008.
14. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of July 2009.
15. Survey on Marine Fishery Production, January - June 2009.
16. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, June 2009.
17. Statistics on Production Cost of Soybeans, 2008. (Individual management)Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy
18. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy, 2008. (Statistics on Production Cost of Potatoes)
19. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy, 2008. (Statistics on Production Cost of Sugar Beets)
20. Summary of Survey on Newcomers in Agriculture, 2008
21. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of August 2009.
22. Statistics on Hen Eggs Marketing, January-June 2009.
23. Prices of Lumber, July 2009. (Preliminary)
24. Statistics on Lumber, July 2009.
25. Statistics on Plywood, July 2009.
26. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, July 2009.
27. Statistics on Meat Marketing, July 2009.
28. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of August 2009.
29. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy, 2008. (Statistics on Production Cost of Sugar cane)
30. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy, 2008. (Statistics on Production Cost of Sweet potatoes)
31. Production and Shipment of Pineapples, 2008. (Okinawa only)
32. Summary the Fishery Census, 2008. (as of November, 1, 2008)
33. Emergency Survey on Crop Damage, April-June, 2009.
34. Statistics on Chicks Hatched, July 2009.
35. Statistics on Marketing of Fisheries Products in Consuming Areas, July 2009.
36. Monthly Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, July 2009.
37. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of August 2009.
38. Prices of Lumber, August 2009.(Preliminary)
39. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, July 2009.
40. Production of Processed Fishery Products, 2008
41. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of September 2009.
42. Statistics on Lumber, August 2009.
43. Statistics on Plywood, August 2009.
44. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Middle 10 days of September 2009.
45. Statistics on Meat Marketing, August 2009.
46. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, August 2009.
47. Statistics on Chicks Hatched, August 2009.
48. Monthly Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, August 2009.
49. Prices of Lumber, September 2009.(Preliminary)
50. Planted Area, Production and Shipment of Autumn and Winter Vegetables and Minor Vegetables, 2008
Totals of 2008 planted Area, Production and Shipment of Vegetables.(39items)
51. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of September 2009.
52. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, August 2009.
53. Index Numbers of Commodity Prices in Agriculture, July 2009.

Notes: 1. All materials are in Japanese unless otherwise noted.
             2. Contacts may not be able to respond to inquiries in any language except Japanese.

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