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Strengthening the trans-Tasman relationship: NFF & FFNZ meet in Sydney

17 October 2012

Farm leaders from both sides of the Tasman came together today as the boards of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand (FFNZ) and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) met in Sydney.

NFF President Jock Laurie said the shared challenges for farmers in both countries meant the need for the peak agricultural representative bodies to work more closely together is now more important than ever.

“From water and carbon to building consumer trust and foreign investment, the issues facing farmers and the agricultural sectors on both sides of the ditch are almost the same,” Mr Laurie said.

“Just as we believe greater collaboration is vital among the agricultural industry in Australia, so too do we wish to secure stronger ties with our counterparts abroad – which is why it’s essential we get together and learn from each other on a more regular basis,” Mr Laurie said.

FFNZ President Bruce Wills said the visit to Australia was extremely worthwhile and was an opportunity to work cooperatively on key issues.

“Trade is a great example of where New Zealand and Australia stand shoulder to shoulder – both seeking to improve market access and reduce trade-distorting behaviour in world markets,” Mr Wills said.

“As two countries trading the majority of the food and fibre we produce on world markets, we share the same opportunities and face the same threats, so it makes sense to work together,” Mr Wills said.

FFNZ and NFF today committed to continue working closely together and today’s meeting will be followed by a second joint board meeting in New Zealand in 2014.

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