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Japan skips feed wheat purchase tender this week

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Agriculture will not buy food quality wheat via a regular tender this week, but plans to conduct tenders over the following three weeks in...

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Agriculture will not buy food quality wheat via a regular tender this week, but plans to conduct tenders over the following three weeks in

November, an official at the bureau said on Wednesday.

The ministry usually seeks food wheat via tenders it announces on the first three Tuesdays of every month and closes on the first three Thursdays.

The official said there was no particular reason for the delayed purchases, adding that the ministry takes such steps from time to time.

Japan, the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, keeps a tight grip on imports of the country's second most important staple after rice and buys the majority of the grain for milling via the tenders.

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