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Farm ministry reckons TPP will have limited impact on 21 fruits, vegetables

  • 2015-11-06 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: November 6, 2015 – p. 9)


 The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) presented its analysis of the impact of the TPP agreement on 21 fruits and vegetables, such as cabbage and peaches, to a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party on agriculture, forestry, and fisheries issues on Nov. 5. Tariffs on most of these products will be eliminated immediately after the TPP agreement takes effect, but the ministry indicated that there will be no impact or limited impact. On the other hand, it pointed out that “prices of domestic products may drop in the long-run” for certain items.


 The 3% tariff on cabbage, cucumbers, and daikon and 4.8% tariff on pears will be abolished immediately after the effectuation of the TPP accord. However, the volume of imports of these products is extremely small compared to domestic products, “so no notable effect is expected.”


 The impact on strawberries, melons, and lettuce is also deemed to be “limited” because imports largely do not overlap with domestic products in terms of season. However, an increase in imports from the TPP nations may cause prices of domestic products to fall, so measures need to be taken to improve farmers’ competitiveness.


 MAFF had already announced on two occasions the TPP’s impact on major fruits and vegetables, in addition to the five sensitive product sectors, such as rice and wheat. However, the ruling parties and other groups complained that information disclosure was insufficient, so these 21 items were added.

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