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.
S The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 農林水産省
V [has announced]
O a plan →どんな
V [to increase]
O butter imports
[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
S milk production
V [declined] 乳製品は減少した
補足 [in] Hokkaido and other prefectures.
V [has suffered] 経験している
O a butter shortage バター不足
補足 each year since 2013
S a heat wave →どんな [during] the summer 熱波 夏の間
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
V [causing] 原因
O a drop どんな→ [in] milk production. 牛乳製造 低下
S dairy farmers 乳製品 酪農家
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