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Okinawa to strengthen livestock industry in preparation for TPP

  • August 16, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
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A basic agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact was concluded in October 2015, and Okinawa Prefecture maintains that “the agreement can be expected to promote trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region if the pact goes into effect.” However, the prefecture is cautious regarding the agricultural, fishing, and forestry industries saying, “We are concerned about various long-term impacts of the TPP, including lower prices for Okinawan livestock products resulting from the influx of inexpensive foreign-grown livestock.” The prefecture has pointed out the need to incorporate TPP countermeasures in the next prefectural plan [to promote agriculture, fisheries, and forestry].

 

The prefecture is considering measures to strengthen the livestock industry, including steps to stabilize management and to improve facilities through the creation of livestock clusters.

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