Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


US Farmers Call For More Tariffs

US farmers are calling for more tariffs saying they merely help pay for American infrastructure which supports importers while in a related story, Britain has approved an emergency aid package, converted to NZ dollars, of $ 450 million to help farmers. John Howard reports.

"It is argued that tariffs raise the cost to consumers but looked at another way, why should those exporting into America be subsidised by the American taxpayer for all the infrastructure which supports their product when it arrive on our shores," said Texas farmer Alan Meztger.

"Farmers and some congressmen are now saying that Americans have already paid for the infrastructure and a tariff makes importers help pay for part of that. Our experience shows that costs to consumers are generally not lower because of no tariffs, instead, they are being used to subsidise company profits," he said.

"It's time to stop giving other countries a free ride into America," Mr Metzger added. Farming organisations across America are furiously lobbying candidates in the presidential election race.

While in Britain, a $NZ 450 million emergency aid package to help farmers and to rid the meat industry of swathes of red tape was announced yesterday by Nick Brown, the Agriculture Minister.

Mr Brown said last night that with the increased EU aid of $NZ 870 million, the total support for farmers was more than $NZ 1.5 billion and showed that he wanted to do everything "to get rural Britain through these difficult times."

He said the settlement showed the government was listening to farmers but he made it clear there would be no more cash on the table for them.

His remarks were made in advance of today's bleak audit of farmers by the National Farmers Union (NFU) which gives the most depressing record of the state of the industry. More than 70 per cent say they have no confidence in their future as farmers.

Last night Ben Gill, the president of NFU, said he was grateful for the extra money but it fell far short of their expectations and would do nothing to abate the anger of farmers, who are to mount a protest at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

"This package will relieve some of the symptoms of the present crisis," Mr Gill said. "What is now urgent is to tackle the root cause: excessive bureaucratic and regulatory costs." His more outspoken verdict is expected today at the launch of the audit.

Agriculture Minister Brown has accepted that the meat industry is not playing on a level playing field with other EU states and that rules have been more strictly interpreted in the UK than they should have been.

The emergency aid package was welcomed in Wales by Alun Michael, the First Secretary, and Christine Gwyther, the Agriculture Secretary, who said that it would bring an extra $NZ 60 million to Welsh farmers.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news