JAPANESE STRAWBERRY INDUSTRY-TREND OF ACREAGE, PRODUCTION, IMPORT AND GROWING SYSTEMS.
In the 1980s, strawberry production in Japan ranged from 190,000 tons to 200,000 tons; the U.S.A. leads in production while Japan is competing with Italy and Poland for second place. The unique point about strawberry production in Japan is that 80% of its production comes from under-plastic-culture, which also accounts for 73% of the acreage. This new growing system was developed in the 1960s, and makes possible an almost year round production, except for July to September. Recently, summer strawberry production is being attempted by using plastic roof culture with newly released everbearing varieties in the highlands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido, where it is cool in summer.
In this review, a brief history of strawberry cultivation, the trends of acreage, production and yield in Japan from 1963 to 1985, and also fresh and frozen strawberries imported from foreign countries will be discussed.
Oda, Y. (1989). JAPANESE STRAWBERRY INDUSTRY-TREND OF ACREAGE, PRODUCTION, IMPORT AND GROWING SYSTEMS.. Acta Hortic. 265, 671-678