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Japan’s rice production expected to dip

TOKYO, JAPAN — Production of rice in Japan is expected to dip to 7.3 million tonnes in marketing year 2023-24, down from 7.48 million the previous year, as extremely high temperatures and little rain are expected to lower yield and quality, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network report from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture.

Rice produced in Japan is almost entirely Japonica short grain rice. Rice is produced throughout the country and is harvested in September and October in most regions. Industry contacts estimate that heat stress will lower yield and quality nationwide, resulting in increases in empty grains, smaller grains, chalky kernels, cracks in kernels and high protein levels, FAS Post Tokyo said.

FAS sees rice consumption dipping slightly to 8.13 million tonnes in 2023-24, down 50,000 tonnes from the previous marketing year, based on projected weak demand for table rice. Area harvested is forecast to decline to 1.47 million hectares, down from 1.497 million hectares in 2022-23.

“Rice area has been on the decline over the years as aging farmers reduce or give up farming,” the FAS said. “Production shifts from table rice to feed rice helped ameliorate the loss in rice production and area for recent years.”

Softening corn prices are expected to boost feed demand and imports in 2023-24. Corn imports are projected to reach 15.3 million tonnes in 2023-24, up slightly from 15 million tonnes in 2022-23, to satisfy 15.35 million tonnes of total consumption. The country’s limited production is forecast at 11,600 tonnes, up 24% from the previous year on higher planted area.Japan’s 2023-24 wheat production is projected at 1.12 million tonnes, up 6% from the previous year, based on higher harvested area and a yield recovery in Hokkaido (the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands), which accounts for over 60% of production. Total consumption is seen at 6.25 million tonnes, down from 6.3 million tonnes in 2022-23 with imports at 5.45 million tonnes. QR Code

Published Date: October 4, 2023

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