NFF is en­cour­aged by sup­port for trade

Central and North Rural Weekly - - DROUGHT -

THE Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion has wel­comed La­bor’s sup­port for the Com­pre­hen­sive and Pro­gres­sive Agree­ment for Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship.

Borne out of the em­bat­tled TPP, the CPTPP will re­duce and eliminate tar­iffs on a range of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

NFF pres­i­dent Fiona Sim­son said greater mar­ket ac­cess was key to agri­cul­ture’s con­tin­ued growth.

“Farm­ers ex­port 75 per cent of what they pro­duce. Pref­er­en­tial trade agree­ments such as the CPTPP, will see more Aus­tralian food and fi­bre en­joyed by con­sumers across the world and en­hanced mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our farm­ers,” she said.

Ms Sim­son also ac­knowl­edged the re­lease of La­bor’s trade pol­icy state­ment, which picks up on NFF’s long-time call for closer in-mar­ket re­la­tion­ships.

“La­bor’s proposal to ap­point ‘ac­cred­ited trade ad­vi­sors’ to bet­ter con­nect in­dus­try with trade agree­ment negotiations is en­cour­ag­ing,” she said.

How­ever, Ms Sim­son said the NFF would not sup­port ad­di­tional lay­ers of bu­reau­cracy to the agree­ment sign-off process.

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