Japan's Food Self - Sufficiency Rate At 25 - Year Low

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate at 25-year low

Japan's agriculture ministry says the country's food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2018 matched the record low marked 25 years ago.

The ministry says the food self-sufficiency rate for the fiscal year that ended in March was 37 percent in terms of calorie intake. That's down one percentage point from the previous year and equals the record low of fiscal 1993, when a cool summer caused a poor rice harvest.

Officials say production of wheat and soybeans fell in Hokkaido, northern Japan, due to poor weather, while imports of beef and milk products increased.

The government aims to raise the food self-sufficiency rate to 45 percent by 2025.