VIEWPOINT – Farming without subsidies – a better way. Why New Zealand agriculture is a world leader.

UNIQUELY among developed countries, New Zealand farmers are almost totally exposed to world market forces. They receive no subsidies from government and have to compete with subsidised production from other producing countries.

This policy is the result of major government reforms in the 1980s driven by Federated Farmers of New Zealand, which have transformed the country’s agricultural sector into a world leader in terms of productivity and the quality of its products.

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