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Super serious news about sweet potato in Japan

Hi This time I want you to know about sweet potato farmer in Japan. Now so serious desiese happened so today I will introduce Japanese news article and translate it to English.

Super super serious….



Potato farmers hardship

The news from here.

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These are my English translations about above news article.

English translation


The sweet potato rot disease is spreading all over the country … Farmhouse “If it goes on like this, the production area will disappear”

Sweet potato rot, which was first confirmed in Japan 3 years ago, has spread to 21 prefectures. As a result, the yield of sweet potatoes decreased and the wholesale price rose. As the harvest season approaches, farmers, potato shochu makers and baked potato stores are worried about the spread of damage.

According to the Kagoshima prefectural government, about 6600 hectares of farms, or about 70% of the total area of 10,000 hectares, were infected with the virus as of September. “Sweet potato has always been a disease, but root rot is highly contagious and difficult to control. Some farmers are thinking of stopping growing it because it is unprofitable.” a farmer said.

The disease was first found in Okinawa and Kagoshima Prefectures in 2018 and in Miyazaki Prefecture in 2019, followed by 5 prefectures in Kochi and Shizuoka in 20 and 13 prefectures in Hokkaido and Tokyo this year.

It was also found in June in Ibaraki Prefecture, the second-largest producer in Japan.

According to a survey by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the yield per 10 ares of sweet potato produced in 20 decreased by 5% from the previous year due to root rot and lack of sunshine. In Kagoshima Prefecture, a major production center, the number fell 15%. The national harvest decreased by about 60,000 tons from the previous year to about 690,000 tons, setting a new record low.

Trading prices are also beginning to be affected. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, the average price for the first nine months of this year was 292 yen per kilogram, up 25 yen from a year earlier.

Kirishima Shuzo Co., a shochu maker in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, which uses about 400 tons of sweet potatoes to make its shochu, has been increasing the number of shochu produced in Miyazaki since late September because it has become difficult to obtain them from Kagoshima Prefecture. “As shochu is shipped after a storage period of about three months to one year, there will be no immediate impact on inventory and store prices, but there are concerns about the future. I hope it will be settled as soon as possible.” a company official said.


The other day, I visited a shochu manufacturer, and the manufacturer also said, “We are in a critical situation.”

The sweet potato produced by a neighboring farmer has been damaged, and if it is left as it is [If we don’t change to a disease-resistant potato variety, there may be problems in the supply.], however, in that case, the flavor will change because the kind of potato will change, and there is a possibility that the quality of shochu will change.

He said that.

Alcohol requires raw materials. If you know the condition of the ingredients, you will naturally know the value of the alcohol you drink.

Please remember it when you drink sweet potato shochu.


Glocal BAR Vibes / Nori