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Exclusive: Japan’s rice acreage to decrease in 2021

  • July 27, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 3:34 p.m.
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Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)–The acreage of rice to be grown for consumption as a staple food in Japan in 2021 is estimated to fall by some 65,000 hectares from the previous year to slightly over 1.3 million hectares, informed sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday.

 

The estimated drop is attributable to the agriculture ministry’s program for encouraging the conversion of rice paddies, the sources said.

 

As a result, the country’s rice production this year is projected to total slightly below 7 million tons, a point where supply and demand will be balanced, according to the sources.

 

Japan will thus likely be able to avoid a steep decline in rice prices at a time when rice inventories are surging due to slumping consumption amid the novel coronavirus crisis.

 

In 2020, the rice acreage in Japan totaled 1,366,000 hectares.

 

It is believed that Japan needs to lower the rice acreage by 67,000 hectares to realize a reasonable production level in terms of the supply-demand balance.

 

According to the ministry, the amount of rice production achieving a supply-demand equilibrium in 2021 is 6.93 million tons, down by 300,000 tons from the previous year.

 

The ministry has taken measures to increase farmers’ income in a bid to promote the conversion of paddies for rice for consumption as a staple food to those for rice for animal feed or to fields for other crops.

 

 

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