EU free trade deal talks timely
AUSTRALIAN agriculture is in the box seat to benefit from a new free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), with the first official talks towards the FTA taking place in Brussels early in July.
National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson, who led a trade-focussed delegation of farmers to Europe in January, said the news signalled increased market opportunity for Australian primary producers, with our food and fibre perfectly matched to the discerning European market.
“The EU is a niche, premium market for Australian agriculture,” she said.
“A comprehensive and high-quality agreement could substantially improve market access for Australian agricultural products such as red meat, dairy, horticulture, grains and oilseeds, sugar, cotton, rice and wool.
“Our high-quality agricultural products can cater for the European consumer, particularly concerned about food and fibre provenance, food safety, animal health and environmental sustainability.”
TALKING POINT: Grain is one of many agricultural sectors that would benefit from a new EU free trade agreement.