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MAFF UPDATE No.715 (Published on MARCH 27, 2009)

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Number 715
MARCH 27, 2009

A weekly update of news from the Japanese
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
International Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Kasumigaseki 1-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950
Fax: 81-3-5512-7652
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Editor: Yoshiyuki Ohtani

Forestry Output in 2007

- Forestry output increased for the second consecutive year due to the increase in Sugi (Japanese cedar) and shiitake mushroom production -

[Outline of the statistical results]

  1. Forestry output in 2007 was 441.44 billion yen, an increase of 2.1% compared to the previous year.
     
  2. Lumbers Output
    Logs output was 225.58 billion yen, an increase of 3.9% compared to the previous year. This was mainly due to an increase in Sugi production.
     
  3. Cultivated mushrooms
    Cultivated mushrooms output was 208.3 billion yen, an increase of 0.6% compared to the previous year. This was caused mainly by increases in the prices of raw and dried shiitake mushrooms.
Change of Forestory Output

Forestry Output 


The statistical table on these statistical results is available in Excel format at the following URL.
http://www.maff.go.jp/toukei/sokuhou/data/rin-sansyutu2007/rin-sansyutu2007.xls】(Excel: 33KB)
 

Production of Tea in 2008 (Major producing prefectures)

 

- Production of crude tea in major producing prefectures increased by 2% compared to the previous year -

 [Outline of the survey results]

1 Tea picked area

The actual tea picked area (harvested area) in major producing prefectures (Note: 1) amounted to 40,600 ha, a decrease of 300 ha (1%) compared to the previous year due to deserted tea field caused by labor shortage resulting from the aging population in Shizuoka and other prefectures.
The total tea picked area was 93,000 ha, a decrease of 800 ha (1%) compared to the previous year.

2 Production of raw leaves

The production of raw leaves in major producing prefectures amounted to 437,000 tons, an increase of 6,800 tons (2%) compared to the previous year, because tea plants grew steadily due to generally fine weather in Kagoshima and other prefectures.

3 Production of crude tea

The production of crude tea in major producing prefectures amounted to 93,500 tons, an increase of 1,400 tons (2%) compared to the previous year due to raw leaves production growth.
The nationwide production of crude tea (Note: 2) amounted to 95,500 tons, an increase of 1,400 tons (1%).

Chart1 Tea Picked Area, Production of Raw Leaves and Production of Crude Tea (Main Producing Prefectures)

  • Tea picked area refers to area where tea was actually picked intending to harvest within tea-growing area.
  • Crude tea is made from tea (raw) leave after processes of steaming, kneading, drying and so forth, and crude tea amount is the weight of processed tea.

 


  Note: 1 This survey was conducted among main producing prefectures, and the main producing prefectures are the prefectures
                which accounted for about 80 percent of national crude tea production in 2004 and implemented mutual-aid programs
                for upland field crops etc.
            2 National crude tea production was estimated based on the survey result in main producing prefectures.

 

 The statistical table on this survey results is available in Excel format at the following URL.
http://www.maff.go.jp/toukei/sokuhou/data/tya2008/tya2008.xls】(Excel: 72KB)

 

STATISTICS

The following statistics are available from the Statistics Planning Division of the Statistics Department (Tel. 03-6744-2037).

 

  1. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of February 2009.
  2. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, January 2009.
  3. Gross Fisheries Output, 2007.
  4. Production of Wheat and Barley, 2008.
  5. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of March 2009.
  6. Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy, 2007.(Statistics on Management by 777 commodities of Vegetables, Fruits, Flowers, Barley, Buckwheat, Rush, Tatami Facing, Beans and  Konnyakuimo Farm Households)
  7. Outline of Status Survey on Food Industry Activities(Survey on Corporation expanding business overseas), 2007.
  8. Survey of Food Prices During Various Stages of the Distribution Process (Vegetables and Fruits) (Summary), 2008.
  9. Survey of Food Prices During Various Stages of the Distribution Process (Fisheries) (Summary), 2008.
  10. Statistics on Lumber, February 2009.
  11. Statistics on Plywood, February 2009.
  12. Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, February 2009.
  13. Summary of Survey on Rural communities operating. (as of February .1,2009)
  14. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Middle 10 days of March 2009.
  15. Statistics on Meat Marketing , February 2009.

Notes: 1. All materials are in Japanese unless otherwise noted.
             2. Contacts may not be able to respond to inquiries in any language except Japanese.

 

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