Chinese corn returns to Japanese livestock farms after 7 years


In March Japan imported corn from China for feed for the first time since February 2010 to ease shortages. Japanese farmers have suffered from grain shortage after snowstorms in January and February caused export delays in the US, reported Asia Nikkei.

Delays to imports sparked concern among Japanese livestock farmers that the corn supply could dry up and pushed Japanese trading houses to import the grain from China. Import volume from China totalled 17,935 tonnes in March. Some Japanese producers see imports from China as a stopgap measure. Price of Chinese corn in March stood at around USD 248.10 per tonne in Japan, 20% more than US corn, and 40% more than Brazilian.


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