NFF is encouraged by support for trade
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.