Growing use of rice for feed in Japan

December 7, 2017

The use of feed rice in Japan is on the rise, giving added value to livestock products in some regions. The Japan Times reports that more farmers are switching from imported fodder such as corn to domestic rice for livestock feed. In some regions, the use of rice has helped the branding of livestock products. Palsystem Consumers’ Cooperative Union has raised the share of rice in feedstuff for pigs from 10% to 30%. The meat from the pigs is popular with consumers. “The pork is tender and non-fatty,” one customer said, according to a Palsystem official. With the government encouraging rice farmers to shift to feed rice to maintain rice fields and protect the environment, feed rice production surged to 506,000 tonnes in 2016 from 8000 tonnes in 2008.