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

Reserve Bank Act Review (Phase 1) Submissions

Posted on 20/04/2018
Federated Submission on the Reserve Bank Review (Phase 1)

Mid Season: January 2018 Farm Confidence Survey

Posted on 20/04/2018
The Federated Farmers Mid Year January 2018 Farmer Confidence Survey conducted by Research First

Tax Working Group Survey Results

Posted on 20/04/2018
The results of the Federated Farmers Tax Working Group Survey 2018

Economics & Trade Contacts