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Trans Tasman Farm Group Meeting

11 February 2002

Federated Farmers of New Zealand's National Board will be hosted at an inaugural return meeting by the Australian National Farmers Federation (NFF) in Brisbane on 25 February - 2 March.

"This is the first time FFNZ and the NFF have met in Australia. The aim of the meeting is to foster relations and exchange experiences on many of the similar issues that are impacting on agriculture on both sides of the Tasman," said Federated Farmers Chief Executive, Tony St Clair.

Topics for discussion are expected to include the US Free Trade Agreement, Cairns Group and WTO activities post Doha, Biosecurity, the Kyoto Protocol, environmental issues, genetic modification, and organisational issues.

"The National Board is delighted that Australian Trade Minister, Hon Mark Vaille will address the group, said Mr St Clair. "Trade is incredibly important for farmers in both countries and we welcome the opportunity to discuss the US Free Trade Agreement and other associated trade issues with the Minister."

Cotton Australia Ltd, and AgForce Queensland, both commodity council member and state organisational members of the NFF have arranged a farm tour for the Board.


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