NFF calls for more policy information
THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is seeking more information on Labor’s FutureAsia policy proposal, released by Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clare, and has cautioned against additional FTA red tape.
NFF president Fiona Simson said the nation’s farm sector relied on a bipartisan approach to strengthening existing trade relationships and developing new opportunities.
“About 65 per cent of the food and fibre Australian farmers produce is exported,” she said.
“Australian farmers compete in a highly competitive global market.
“Preferential trade agreements are therefore key to the continued prosperity and growth of Australian agriculture and the 1.6 million jobs the sector supports.
“Bipartisanship, that ensures FTAs and the negotiations towards them, continues no matter what party holds office.”
Ms Simson said, at first read, Mr Clare’s ideas to forge closer ties with China through extending in perpetuity China-Australia Week and establishing a China-based internship sounded beneficial.