The National Farmers Federation’s Trade Committee discussed all possible strategies at the Parliament House last Wednesday that are most likely to generate tangible outcomes for the farmers and the agricultural sector in Australia.
According to the NFF media release, Brent Finlay, president of the National Farmers Federation, states that strong relationships between industry and government negotiators are key for establishing a strong foundation for efficient exchange of information, views and priorities.
Mr Finlay believes that this is what will pave the road to the best possible outcomes for all parties concerned, adding that key priorities include bilateral agreements with Japan, China and India, as well as regional agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership.
“These agreements need to be finalised and they need to produce the best outcomes,” he said.
The NFF further claims that around 60% of the production in the agricultural sector was exported to overseas countries in 2012-13, adding a $38 billion boost to the Australian economy.
That is why export is equally important to both the economy and the agricultural sector.
“Gaining access to overseas markets continues to be challenging. We need to continue to push hard for outcomes. We want agreements that give us better than ‘business as usual’ outcomes. Trade agreements must be both good for farmers and good for the Australian economy,” Mr Finlay said.
Improved market access is also a key factor that leads to profitability and returns for farmers.
“We need commercial outcomes which will be strengthened by cooperative and collaborative approaches between industry and government,” Mr Finlay said.
“We have a good working relationship with government and we will continue to work closely with Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb in getting a better deal for the agricultural sector, and the Australian economy.”