Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 3(7), pp. 253 - 260
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2015.030701
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Has China's Dairy Structural Adjustment Policy Achieved Its Goal?


Dao Rina *
School of Economics and Management, Inner Mongolia University, China

ABSTRACT

A series of dairy structural adjustment (DSA) policies was introduced by the Chinese central government to restructure dairy farms after the 2008 melamine contamination scandal in China. This paper seeks to explore the impact of Chinese DSA policies on farm level structure change. There were three parts of this policy: (1) milk collectors' control; (2) manufacturers' raw milk supply source regulation; and (3) assistance to expand large-scale farms. This policy reform is oriented towards large-scale dairy farms. The purpose of this policy is to restructure dairy farms by reducing small-scale farms while promoting the large-scale farms. The results show that the Chinese DSA policy greatly increased the herd and outputs of the large-scale farms but failed to reduce the market dominance of small-scale farms. Also, this policy was not able to boost the market share of medium-scale farms as well as the per cow productivity of those farms. This research reveals an opportunity to further understand both the impact of and rationale for the policy, and shows that a rethink of the dairy industry development in China is required.

KEYWORDS
Chinese Dairy Structural Adjustment Policy, Dairy Farms, Impact

Cite this paper
Dao Rina . "Has China's Dairy Structural Adjustment Policy Achieved Its Goal?." Advances in Economics and Business 3.7 (2015) 253 - 260. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2015.030701.