Japan farm ministry to set up model decarbonization zones


Japan's agriculture ministry is setting up a series of zones to test innovative decarbonization methods. The aim is to help the country's farmers cut emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane from livestock waste.

Farming accounts for more than 4 percent of Japan's total greenhouse-gas emissions. These include carbon dioxide from burning fuel for greenhouses, as well as methane from livestock burps and excrement.

The agriculture ministry says it will designate 50 locations nationwide by 2024 as model areas for using advanced methods to reduce the carbon footprint.

The ministry plans to make it easier for the areas to receive subsidies.

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