Although Ireland hasn’t ventured into Japanese dairy exports just yet, it could be a possibility for the future.
According to DairyHerd.com, Japan is looking to expand their list of trade partners and products.
The site reported yesterday that the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was looking to increase their dairy imports for the next fiscal year.
The fiscal year would begin on April 1st, and the aim would be to ‘secure’ the nation’s current stable dairy supplies.
The planned dairy imports would amount nearly 26,000 tonnes of dairy produce. The recent Ministry statement claims that there are plans to buy in 13,000 tonnes of butter, and 13,000 tonnes of skimmed milk powder.
The reason for Japan’s sudden interest in importing dairy is because of the country’s recent decrease in dairy farmers. The country’s domestic output of raw milk has suffered as a result, and the falling farmer figures are thought to be because of Japan’s aging population and rural areas’ loss of potential young agri-workers.
Could Ireland be a potential trade partner? Some say we’re too far away, but others think our current non-dairy trade relations with Japan might give us the edge. Let us know your thoughts.