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Farmers Join Global Call To Action

Farmers Join Global Call To Action

2 May 2006

Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) is part of a global effort attempting to put crucial world trade talks back on track.

The Federation and other members of the Global Alliance for Liberalised Trade In Food And Agriculture have today sent letters to trade ministers asking that they remain committed to World Trade Organisation talks.

WTO agricultural trade negotiations this week failed to make an April 30 deadline to agree on modalities - a framework deal on cutting agricultural tariffs, farm subsidies, and duties on industrial goods.

"New Zealand farmers are disappointed that trade talks have not been able to secure agreement on the technical details of individual country commitments to trade liberalisation," said Don Nicolson, Vice President of Federated Farmers.

"The WTO remains a vital forum from which New Zealand farmers can see improved access to markets, an end to export subsidies and withdrawal of domestic support.

"The WTO has much yet to achieve before the end of this year. An agreement on modalities is an essential forerunner to unlocking the enormous benefits of trade liberalisation in food and agriculture," Mr Nicolson said.

The Global Alliance for Liberalised Trade in Food and Agriculture includes 42 organisations in the agriculture and food sectors in 27 countries - developed and developing - spanning all five continents. The Global Alliance supports the liberalisation of international trade as an instrument of growth and prosperity for the world's producers, consuming industries and consumers.

The Federation today delivered the Global Alliance letter to Trade Minister Phil Goff.

The alliance is also sending the letter to Geneva based negotiators and media.

ENDS

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