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JA to be bypassed in new raw milk market

  • September 29, 2016
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported on the planned launch on Oct. 1 of a new market to trade raw milk, noting that a Gunma-based milk distributor will open the market on the Internet to directly connect dairy farmers with milk manufacturers. Regarding raw milk trade, until now the agricultural cooperatives have acted as middlemen between farmers and manufacturers, which the daily said has caused various problems, such as a chronic shortage of butter. Although only a tiny portion of the annual 7.3 million tons of raw milk is expected to be traded on the new online market, the article underscored that the initiative will help accelerate discussions on the liberalization of raw milk trade.      

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