New Zealand Encouraged By US Talks

NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers has commended Prime Minister, the Hon John Key for pushing free trade in his talks with United States Vice-President, Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack.
calendar icon 14 April 2010
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“It seems like the Prime Minister is on the same page as Federated Farmers on the matter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP),” says Don Nicolson, Federated Farmers President.

“Last week I sent a letter to the 30 US senators who showed scepticism about the TPP. I’m still waiting on a reply, but I’m really hoping at least some of the senators will take the opportunity to attend our conference in Invercargill from 23-25 June.

“Mr Key suggested the TPP, far from hindering American agriculture exports, would allow both countries to work together. That’s exactly what I’m telling these 30 senators, the glass of milk for US dairy farmers is actually half-full.

“We are writing to the further 70 senators, who didn’t sign the letter, inviting them down under to see how we farm.

“The TPP is a major foreign policy initiative for New Zealand and I must commend the work of Phil Goff for starting the ball rolling as well as Prime Minister, John Key and Trade Minister, Tim Groser for doing an outstanding job,” Mr Nicolson concluded.

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