Background of Establishment
After WWⅡ, the livestock market expanded greatly to become a key agricultural industry in Japan, in response to an expanding domestic demand for livestock as national income increased. With urbanization of rural areas, development of urban lifestyles and an expanding scale of animal breeding starting from the middle of the 1960s, livestock husbandry began to cause environmental pollution problems throughout Japan. It greatly obstructed the very survival of livestock husbandry as well as its well-balanced development.
In order to resolve the environmental pollution problems early on, one of the various public policies was to loan necessary facilities to farmers for improvement of the livestock environment. On September 16, 1976, the Livestock Industry's Environmental Improvement Lease Foundation was founded to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the loan project.
The Foundation has since continued with the following activities to prompt the stable development of the dairy and livestock industries and the streamlining of meat distribution.
In 1982, the Foundation began to lease facilities which assisted in the rationalization of meat marketing.
Since 1993, the Foundation’s activities have included research on the environmental improvement of livestock husbandry with the collection and prevalence of information related to technology development.
On July 01, 1996, the Foundation was modified to become the Livestock Industry's Environmental Improvement Organization (LEIO), which established the Livestock Industry's Environmental Technology Institute to develop animal manure treatment technology and put it into widespread practice.
From 1997, LEIO embarked on a loan system by subsidy to react to urgent issues related to animal manure.
On April 01, 2004, LEIO merged with the Milk Transport Facility Lease Association and launched a loan service of facilities to enhance the efficiency of milk transport.