TOKYO, Feb 15 Japan's Ministry of Agriculture
bought 96,538 tonnes of food wheat from the United States and
Canada in a weekly tender that closed on Thursday.
In Japan, the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, the
ministry keeps a tight grip on imports of the second most
important grain after rice to protect consumers from price
volatility and to maintain local production, which accounts for
about 10 percent of domestic wheat demand.
It buys about 5 million tonnes of foreign wheat for milling
Details are as follows (in tonnes):
COUNTRY TYPE QUANTITY
U.S. *Western White 19,824
(protein maximum 10.5 pct)
*Hard Red Winter 22,134
(protein minimum 11.5 pct)
**Dark Northern Spring 19,610
(protein minimum 14.0 pct)
Canada **Western Red Spring 34,970
(protein minimum 13.5 pct)
Shipments: * Arrival by May 31 **Loading between March 21
and April 20.
Source: Ministry of Agriculture
(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)