Economics and Trade

The agricultural sector makes a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy and particularly to regional economies.

Agriculture comprises around 60 percent of New Zealand’s total merchandise exports making it a key growth engine for the economy.  The majority of agricultural production is exported (90-95 percent) into a highly competitive and, in many countries, a protected trading environment.

Federated Farmers therefore takes a close interest in domestic and international economic policies. 

Overall, Federated Farmers supports free trade, small government, and open markets. All government policies should promote increased productivity, efficiency, innovation, and international competitiveness.

We regularly comment on the economy and we have specific policy positions on fiscal policy, taxation, monetary policy, regulatory policy, banking, overseas investment, and trade policy.  These are described in more detail here.

What's been happening

Proposed NZ- EU Free Trade Agreement

Posted on 29/02/2016
Federated Farmers Proposed New Zealand - European Union Free Trade Agreement

Proposed changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 and (Raw Milk) Regulations 2012

Posted on 5/07/2016
Federated Farmers submission on Proposed changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 and Dairy Industry Restructuring (Raw Milk) Regulations 2012

Overseas Investment Regulations

Posted on 26/09/2017
Federated Farmers Submission on Overseas Investment Amendment Regulations (No2): Targeted Exemptions to the Overseas Investment Act 2005

Economics & Trade Contacts