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

Submission on Phase 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism law

Posted on 10/03/2017
Federated Farmers’ primary concern (and focus of this submission) is to ensure that farmers, as customers of businesses and professions which have to comply with AML/CFT law, should not have unduly onerous requirements for customer due diligence.

Banking Survey Update November 2016

Posted on 1/02/2017
Federated Farmers Banking Survey Results November 2016

Phase 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Law

Posted on 31/01/2017
Federated Farmers Submission for Phase 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Law

Economics & Trade Contacts