May 30, 2013 / 8:13 AM / 4 years ago

Japan buys 117,035 T food wheat via weekly tender

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture
bought 117,035 tonnes of food wheat from the United States and
Canada in a regular tender that closed on Thursday, a ministry
official said.
    The purchase fell short of an initial tender for 141,961
tonnes announced on Tuesday as the ministry cancelled an offer
to buy U.S. western white wheat after a strain of genetically
engineered wheat not approved for sale or consumption was found
in the U.S. state of Oregon. 
    Japan is the world's sixth-biggest importer of wheat, and
the ministry keeps a tight grip on imports of the country's
second most important staple, after rice.
    Local production accounts for about 10 percent of domestic
wheat demand.
    The ministry buys about 5 million tonnes of foreign wheat
for milling annually.
    
    Details are as follows (in tonnes):
    COUNTRY           TYPE                     QUANTITY
    U.S.             *Hard Red Winter          20,415
                      (protein minimum 11.5 pct)
                     *Dark Northern Spring     32,665
                      (protein minimum 14.0 pct)
    Canada          **Western Red Spring       24,735   
                      (protein minimum 13.5 pct)
                     *Western Red Spring       39,220   
                      (protein minimum 13.5 pct)
     
    Shipments: *Loading between June 12 and July 20
               **Arrival by Aug 31
        Source: Ministry of Agriculture 

 (Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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