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

May 2017 Banking Survey

Posted on 27/06/2017
Federated Farmers May 2017 Banking Survey

Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill

Posted on 22/05/2017
Federated Farmers Submission for Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill

Economic Week April 13

Posted on 13/04/2017
The export outlook for primary industries has improved according to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ March quarter Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries (SOPI).

Economics & Trade Contacts