August 14, 2008


Japan's beef supply per capita inches up


Japan's beef supply has improved from 0.2 kilogramme to 5.7 kg per head in the Japanese Financial Year 2007, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) said.


The improvement in beef supply was attributed to the increase in domestic beef production, which was up 1.4 percent to 513,000 tonnes cwt.


In 2007, beef supply per capita peaked at 7.6kg, prior to the outbreak of Japanese mad cow disease in 2001.


Japan's beef self-sufficency was 43.5 percent, up 0.3 percent, while the livestock feed self-sufficiency remained unchanged at 25 percent.


Meanwhile, the overall meat supply per capita, one indicator of Japan's annual meat consumption, was generally up with pork and chicken stable at 11.6kg/head and 10.8kg/head, respectively.


Seafood supply in 2007 totalled 31.9kg per capita – down 0.9kg or 1.5 percent from the previous year, and 21 percent lower compared with 40.2kg in 2001.


The MAFF report also noted the growth in the overall food self-sufficiency rate to 40 percent from 39 percent the previous financial year.

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