NFF calls for more pol­icy in­for­ma­tion

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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