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Australian Farmers Want Trade Deal to Centre on Agriculture

Australian Farmers Want Trade Deal to Centre on Agriculture

24 April 2015

AUSTRALIA – Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) negotiations should be seeking “ambitious outcomes”, placing farming at the heart of an agreement, says a producer organisation.

Agribusiness sectors can deliver “commercially meaningful” trade gains for the country’s economy, the National Farmers Federation has said, underlining the broader community benefits of agriculture.

NFF President, Brett Finlay, insisted that the TPP must be a shared vision across all twelve participating nations.

He recognised the inherent challenges in the agreement but called for a high level of ambition in the outcomes.

“The success of the TPP, and all trade agreements for that matter, will ultimately be measured against the commercial value back to the farmer,” said Mr Finlay.

“A successfully negotiated TPP would establish a new free trade agenda across the Asia-Pacific, where approximately 30 per cent of Australia's total trade is focussed.”

“Australian farmers need to be part of the TPP, which will not only set the rules for future trade across the region, but will positively impact farm sector profitability and the Australian economy.”

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