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Agriculture Tokachi


Potato flowers

wheat field

Potato (May-Queen)

      In the Tokachi area, agricultural management which places an emphasis on upland farming, dairy farming and raising beef cattle is carried out, while completing the infrastructure and promoting scale expansion of farming by making use of the rich land resources.
The total number of farming households is decreasing gradually and in 1999 it was 7.768, accounting for 10.7% of that of overall Hokkaido.
This means that the ratios of fulltime farming households (78.4%)and largescale farming over 20ha(68.5%) are high in the Tokachi area.

     Farming population is on the decrease and the age of farmers is also advancing. Mainly, beans, wheat, sugar beet and potatoes are rotated in the upland fields.
Tokachi boasts the largest yield of several agricultural products in Hokkaido and has recently seen a dramatic increase in total acreage of vegetables planted.

     The number of dairy farming households has tended to decrease, but the number of cattle per household has increased year by year and the raw milk production in the area is the highest in Hokkaiido.
The number of meat cattle is remarkably increasing these years and has become the largest in Hokkaido . Dairy cattle are raised mainly but the introduction of meat cattle (mostly black-hair Japanese cattle)is actively being enc6{uraged these days.

      Gross agricultural production from 1984 to 1999 exceeded 200 billion Yens for 16 consecutive years, but in 1999 it dropped by 6.7 billion Yens over the previous year which had recorded its highest-ever, 227.8 billion Yens.

     Tokachi agriculture is supported by the Tokachi Agricultural Experimental Station of Hokkaido which carries out research and study on technological development of major crops and vegetables in Tokachi and improvement of cultivation methods. And Tokachi agriculture is also backed up by the Hokkaido Livestock Experimental Station which works on the improvement of breeding methods, reproduction control and effective use of livestock manure.



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