Wheat Production

2011-3-28 | Agriculture |
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Ranking on the amount of production of wheat, the self-sufficiency ratio of which is decreasing. The amount of production of four types of wheat (common wheat, six-row barley, two-row barley, naked barley) by prefecture can be found in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' statistics.

Chugoku-shikoku Regional Agricultural Administration Office Statistics:
Common wheatMost part is used in flour for edible use
Two-row BarleyThere are two rows of kernels on each spike. Used mainly for alcoholic beverages such as beer.
Six-row BarleyThe hull can be removed easily. Used mainly in barley rice and miso.
Naked BarleyThe hull can be removed easily. Used mainly in barley rice and miso.

Japan relies mostly on import for wheat, but the situation differed only several decades ago.

Present Situation of Wheat Production in Japan
Wheat crop acreage was greatest in 1914, with 1,810,000ha. This is close to the 1,790,000ha of area of dry and wet land rice in 1999. On the other hand, wheat crop acreage was smallest in 1973 with 75,000ha. At that time, it was referred to as "euthanasia of domestic wheat."

Before, self-sufficiency ratio was also greater.

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology:
YearCommon WheatBarleyNaked Barley

There are several factors leading to the drastic decrease in the production of wheat, but the following are given as major factors:
Shift from double-cropping of rice and wheat to single-cropping of rice, due to decrease in agricultural population and increase in farmers with side businesses.
Hesitation towards production of products other than rice, due to the political maintenance of rice price.
Effects of the U.S. common wheat strategy wishing for Japanese consumption of surplus common wheat in its own country.

Although the government has been working towards increase in the production of wheat, the self-sufficiency ratio still remains low.

The amount of production is great in Hokkaido, northern Kanto and northern Kyushu. In northern Kyushu and northern Kanto, wheat is cultivated from autumn to spring as an aftercrop of rice, but in Hokkaido, wheat is cultivated from spring to autumn as the first crop. This is because Hokkaido is climatically suitable for wheat which prefers a cooler climate compared to rice.

Northern Kanto is suitable for cultivating wheat because of its well-drained soil due to the loamy layer in the Kanto Plain, its long hours of sunlight in the wintertime and its mild wintertime chill.

Saga where secondary crops are common, has the greatest rate of use of cultivated land. Wheat is cultivated as the secondary crop in many raice fields. The amount of production per 100 thousand population is greatest in Saga, with 12,000 tons of production per 100 thousand population. This is 14 times the national average and far exceeds other prefectures in northern Kyushu.


RankPrefecturesWheat ProductionStandard
Amount per 1
SortDesc  AscDesc  AscDesc  AscDesc  Asc
1Hokkaido537,000 ton4.82 ton111.43
2Saga56,400 ton1.67 ton68.63
3Fukuoka67,600 ton0.99 ton59.49
4Shiga20,200 ton0.68 ton55.31
5Fukui15,600 ton0.66 ton55.01
6Tochigi51,500 ton0.64 ton54.77
7Gunma32,900 ton0.58 ton53.84
8Toyama9,860 ton0.41 ton51.54
9Mie17,200 ton0.40 ton51.50
10Saitama24,400 ton0.34 ton50.64
11Aichi22,300 ton0.29 ton49.94
12Oita12,300 ton0.28 ton49.82
13Kagawa9,080 ton0.26 ton49.51
14Ibaraki25,500 ton0.23 ton49.08
15Kumamoto18,500 ton0.21 ton48.91
16Gifu9,850 ton0.21 ton48.88
17Okayama9,070 ton0.15 ton48.09
18Ishikawa3,360 ton0.15 ton48.06
19Nagasaki4,210 ton0.10 ton47.42
20Ehime5,100 ton0.10 ton47.34
21Miyagi6,820 ton0.10 ton47.33
22Iwate7,430 ton0.08 ton47.15
23Yamaguchi2,890 ton0.08 ton47.14
24Nagano7,630 ton0.08 ton47.06
25Hyogo5,080 ton0.07 ton46.97
26Shimane1,590 ton0.05 ton46.70
27Aomori2,980 ton0.04 ton46.53
28Shizuoka1,660 ton0.02 ton46.34
29Chiba2,040 ton0.02 ton46.32
30Tottori309 ton0.01 ton46.15
31Tokushima347 ton0.01 ton46.15
32Yamanashi264 ton0.01 ton46.13
33Akita425 ton0.01 ton46.11
34Tokyo70 ton0.01 ton46.10
35Niigata524 ton0.01 ton46.10
36Miyazaki287 ton0.01 ton46.10
37Fukushima491 ton0.00 ton46.09
38Yamagata204 ton0.00 ton46.07
39Okinawa36 ton0.00 ton46.05
40Kochi28 ton0.00 ton46.04
41Wakayama6 ton0.00 ton46.03
Average994,600 ton0.38 ton
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