G20 agriculture ministers start talks in Niigata

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 major economies started two-day talks in Niigata on Saturday, the first in a series of G20 ministerial meetings set to take place in Japan this year.

The G20 summit is scheduled for June 28 and 29 in Osaka.

The farm ministers, meeting in the city, were to discuss ways to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability, in a bid to respond to growth in the global population and food demand.

They are being joined by officials from invited countries and institutions. Participants were expected to total 34.

The government is set to promote the country’s agricultural products by showcasing them at the venue, hoping to expand its exports.

Agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa is due to hold bilateral talks with his counterparts from the United States, China and elsewhere on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.

Yoshikawa is expected to call for an end to import restrictions on Japanese products and for cooperation to prevent the spread of African swine fever and other transborder animal diseases.Speech

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