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

Federated Farmers Banking Survey May 2018

Posted on 8/06/2018
The May 2018 survey is the ninth iteration of the survey, which is conducted biannually typically in May and November of each year. The survey was conducted for Federated Farmers by Research First.

Budget 2018 Commentary and Analysis

Posted on 17/05/2018
Federated Farmers' analysis and commentary on Budget 2018

Questions we've been asked - Income Tax

Posted on 11/05/2018
Federated Farmers Submission to the IRD for the questions we've been asked around income tax - Sharemilkers and farmhouse expenditure, and allowances to farm workers

Economics & Trade Contacts