Japan Trying to Boost Certified Farmers for Tokyo Olympics (News)
Tokyo (Jiji Press)—Japan's agriculture ministry has launched efforts to increase certified agricultural producers in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where the number of meals to be served for athletes and staff will likely exceed the level of some 15 million distributed during the 2012 London Games.
Agricultural producers supplying food materials for the upcoming quadrennial sporting events are required to obtain certificates under the Good Agricultural Practices third-party system to guarantee safety.
In Japan, a total of some 4,500 agricultural producers—farmers and farming organizations—have acquired the Global GAP, operated by a German association, or the Japan GAP (JGAP), managed by the Japan GAP Foundation. But the number is not believed to be enough for the 2020 Games, sources familiar with the situation said.
The biggest obstacle is the high expense of obtaining the certificates, with some 100,000 yen in screening fees needed for the JGAP.
In March, the organizing committee for the Tokyo Games announced a decision to use food materials made by GAP-certified producers for meals to be served at the Olympic village and other related facilities.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]