The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced a plan to increase butter

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced a plan to increase butter imports by 4,000 tons in preparation for the Christmas and Valentine seasons.

The ministry implemented a similar policy last year as milk production declined in Hokkaido and other prefectures.

Japan has suffered a butter shortage each year since 2013 when a heat wave during the summer led to a drastic decline in the domestic production of raw milk.

In addition, the number of dairy farmers has been shrinking, causing a drop in milk production. Furthermore, dairy farmers tend to prioritise the raw material for sales of liquid milk.

Japan Today

HINTS
S The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 農林水産省
V [has announced]
O a plan →どんな

どんな
V [to increase]
O butter imports
補 
[by] 4,000 tons
[in] preparation →どんな [for] the Christmas and Valentine seasons.

S The ministry
V [implemented]  実行した
O a similar policy 同じ政策を
補足 last year

補 [as]
S milk production
V [declined]  乳製品は減少した
補足 [in] Hokkaido and other prefectures.

S Japan
V [has suffered] 経験している
O a butter shortage バター不足
補足 each year since 2013

補 [when]
S a heat wave →どんな [during] the summer 熱波 夏の間
V [led]
補足 [to] a drastic decline どんな→ [in] the domestic production どんな→[of] raw milk.

補 In addition,  加えて
S the number どんな→ [of] dairy farmers  酪農家の数
V [has been shrinking],  縮小している

補足
V [causing] 原因
O a drop どんな→ [in] milk production.  牛乳製造 低下

補足
Furthermore, さらに
S dairy farmers  乳製品 酪農家
V [tend]傾向ある
O  [to prioritise]

V [to prioritise] 優先される
O the raw material どんな→ [for] sales どんな→ [of] liquid milk.  原料

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