07-03-2014 01:52 AM | Japan

Agricultural coop rules scrutinized

A key government panel on regulatory reform is considering revising the requirements for membership in agricultural cooperatives, with an eye on producing more large-scale farmers, according to government sources.

The idea is part of a proposed reform of agricultural cooperatives aimed at shoring up the domestic farming sector. The move is essential in consideration of the likely prospect of an agreement in multilateral negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact in the foreseeable future, analysts said.

As circumstances stand today, there is no difference in the membership status of full-time farmers and farmers with side jobs who hold regular membership in the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA).
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