Tomorrow, September 1st, the 10th edition of the Hakodate Photo Exhibition - Primary industry dairy farming edition starts.

In March 2023, the Dairy Central Council, a general incorporated association, released the results of a survey stating that ``85% of Japanese dairy farms are operating in the red.''
Many dairy farmers are facing financial difficulties due to a decrease in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic (school closures, refraining from eating out), soaring feed and fuel prices due to the invasion of Ukraine and the weak yen, and a shift away from milk. Dairy farmers have been asked to reduce their milk production, and some have even disposed of their raw milk.
Why should freshly squeezed raw milk be thrown away?
One of the reasons behind this was the government's policy of promoting livestock cluster projects and promoting large-scale corporateization in order to resolve the butter shortage in 2014.
To overcome the dairy crisis, they are trying to cut costs and establish additional sources of income.
A future where stable food procurement itself is in jeopardy is not far away.
We have reached a time when we must look for ways to contribute to reducing food waste for a variety of reasons, not just milk.
During this time, I was able to photograph the profiles of the dairy farmers who are working with pride.

Please take a look.

■From September 1, 2023
■Free viewing 
■venue Hakodate Community Plaza G Square
4th floor, Siesta Hakodate, 24-1 Honmachi, Hakodate City
 - Contact information 0138-35-4000
- access Approximately 5 minutes walk from the bus stop "Goryokaku", 1 minute walk from the tram stop “Goryokaku Koen-mae”