Survey Results on the Cluster of Livestock Industries (in Japan)
Author: Kunio Nishikawa
Japan’s livestock industries, especially dairy, beef and pork industries, are expected to be seriously damaged after the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement comes into effect, because trade boarder measures for them will be abolished or significantly reduced. It is difficult for Japan’s livestock industries to compete, in terms of the production cost, with foreign countries in the New Continent, for example the US and Australia, which are involved countries of the TPP. It is the cluster of livestock industries that is focused on as a way of improving the profitability and the sustainability of Japan’s livestock entities.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the cluster of livestock industries means that “the system for achieving high profitable livestock industries in the whole region by involved businesses including livestock farms which cooperated with each other. The cluster of livestock aims to appropriately establish the social division of labors involved businesses and achieved farm diversification at the level of the whole region. It also aims to produce job opportunities in the rural areas. The Japanese government focuses on it to improve the competitiveness of Japan’s livestock industries, and prepared a big budget 77.4 billion Japanese-yen (7.74 billion US$) as the countermeasure against the TPP in the FY 2015 supplementary budget. Illustration Photo: Pasture in Tajima Bokujyo Japan (Credit: ???? /Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0) https://adalidda.net/posts/S322hBDpDXY6jmfry/survey-results-on-the-cluster-of-livestock-industries-in