Japan’s primary dairy farming area rings alarm on possible milk shortage
The earthquake that recently hit Hokkaido may have caused a large disruption at Japan’s primary dairy farming area.
A report in The Japan News showed that some producers raised concerns on a possible shortages of dairy products such as milk, butter and cheese because of the earthquake that hit Hokkaido last week.
This, as the province still experience widespread power interruption, forcing farmers and companies to suspend production.
“Kyodo-gakusha Shintoku Farm in the town of Shintoku has about 50 dairy cows and produces about 900 kilograms of raw milk each day to make cheese and other products. The blackout following Thursday morning’s earthquake left the farm’s milking machines unusable, so eight staffers spent three hours milking the cows by hand,” the report said.
Right now, the power cuts also affected production lines at plants that process raw milk.
The vast majority of the 39 dairy product plants in Hokkaido shut down at least temporarily after the earthquake, according to the agriculture ministry, which was cited by the report.