Japan's Food Self-Sufficiency Rate Hits 23-Year Low in FY 2016 (News)
Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)—Japan's food self-sufficiency rate hit a 23-year low on a calorie basis in fiscal 2016, which ended in March, due mainly to falling rice consumption, the farm ministry said Wednesday.
The self-sufficiency rate fell one percentage point from the previous year to 38%, its lowest level since it hit 37% in fiscal 1993.
The drop was caused by significant falls in the production of wheat and other crops amid bad weather in addition to the continuing decline in rice consumption.
The Japanese government aims to raise the self-sufficiency rate to 45% by fiscal 2025, but meeting the target looks difficult.
The self-sufficiency rate shows how much domestic consumption is covered by domestic production.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]