Japan wants farmers to switch to offense after TPP deal

posted on October 10, 2015

The Japanese government on Friday started discussions on support for the agricultural sector after a broad Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, hoping to encourage farmers to switch to offense.

The focus will be measures to help farmers who aim to export their produce and expand production. Through such measures, the government wants to improve the competitiveness of the country's agricultural sector.

"We will move the agricultural sector from defense to offense," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of a government task force on measures in response to the TPP deal.

Japan will try to open up new markets using the TPP, promote agricultural innovation and revitalization, and eliminate concerns among the public about the sweeping trade liberalization pact, he also said.

source by newsonjapan
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