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Japan Cereal Production Expected to Remain High

Japan Cereal Production Expected to Remain High

18 September 2014

JAPAN - Harvesting of the 2014 paddy crop is currently underway and will continue into November.

FAO’s latest forecast points to a paddy harvest similar to last year’s bumper output, at 10.6 million tonnes as a result of a slight decrease in plantings, due to low prices at sowing time.

Winter wheat, harvest of which concluded in July, was affected by below-average rains and lower availability of water supplies in parts of the country during the season, which resulted in lower than expected yields.

FAO estimates this year’s production at 790 000 tonnes, 3 percent below the 2013 good harvest. Cereal production for 2014 is anticipated to remain close to last year’s level and above average.

Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/May) forecast at average levels

Total cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/March) are forecast at average levels of around 26 million tonnes, covering 76 percent of total domestic cereal utilization.

Annually, the country imports large quantities of maize (which is not produced domestically) of around 16 million tonnes and, on average, about 6 million tonnes of wheat.

By contrast, relatively small volumes of rice, around 700 000 tonnes, are imported annually.

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