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Honour For FFNZ President

Honour For FFNZ President

Tom Lambie, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc), has been elected Vice President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP).

IFAP, the world body of nationally representative general farmers' organisation, is currently holding its 36th World Farmers’ Congress in Washington D.C.

Jack Wilkinson of Canada was returned as President. Mr Lambie joins the two other vice presidents, Ajay Vashee of Zambia and Philip Kiriro of Kenya.

Mr Lambie has been elected for a term of two years and replaces Alejandro Delfino from Argentina.

Mr Lambie organically farms at Pleasant Point, South Canterbury milking 650 dairy cows.

“This is a great honour for all New Zealand farmers,” says Mr Lambie. This is an opportunity to progress trade reform, and show that it is possible to be a successful agricultural producer without the assistance of subsidies.”

IFAP (www.ifap.org), based in Paris, was established in 1946 to secure the fullest cooperation between organisations of agricultural producers in meeting the optimum nutritional and consumptive requirements of people around the world. It works to improve the economic and social status of all who live by and on the land.

One hundred national organisations of family farmers from 71 countries are members of IFAP.

Mr Lambie follows in a long line of Federated Farmers members involvement in IFAP. Former FFNZ President Brian Chamberlin was a vice president of IFAP from 1986 – 1990, and current FFNZ Vice President Charlie Pedersen was elected Vice President of the IFAP Dairy Group on 1 June 2004.

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