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’We want an Aussie-style agreement’
What happens in the next six weeks will be critical for New Zealand to secure a free trade agreement with the UK, according to the executive director of the Dairy Companies Association.
Brexit: Australia trade deal may lead to deal with South America, where intensive farming destroys rainforests
‘Any policy allowing imports that do not match UK animal welfare policies simply props up an industry the public has firmly rejected,’ says critic.
SA poultry farmer is a big advocate of AfCFTA agreement
Founder of Peezel Farms believes South African poultry farmers need new markets as they continue to be undermined by current regulations which allow some foreign countries to dump their chicken products in the country.
Kenya, UK to digitise trade after signing the EPA agreement
Kenyan-based TradeMark East Africa and the UK-based Institute of Export and International Trade signed a memorandum of understanding providing a framework for collaboration in the implementation of a digital trade corridor between the UK and Kenya.
Biotech group calls for US enforcement action on Mexico
The US needs to take enforcement action under the USMCA to address Mexico’s continued refusal to approve genetically modified crops, Biotechnology Innovation Organization President told lawmakers.
India-EU FTA talks likely in September but no resolution yet on linking of investments, GIs
India and the EU are likely to begin negotiations on the revamped proposal for a bilateral FTA in September but there continues to be disagreement on whether to carve out separate agreements on investment protection and geographical indications (GIs).
Kenya is gateway to African market: cabinet secretary
Korean companies will archive market access through regional integration in Africa and East African region if Kenya is made base, according to Betty Maina, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for industrialization, trade and enterprise development.
Mercosur deal: Irish beef to lose at least €44 million in value
The value of Ireland’s beef output would be cut by at least €44 million, according to the government’s assessment of the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement.
Farmers’ union to renew row as UK trade deal to see tariffs slashed on New Zealand meat
The UK’s farmers’ union and Labour are ready to renew a row with the government over British farming as the UK prepares to cut all tariffs on New Zealand meat in an upcoming trade deal.
The EU sets precedent with the first animal welfare-based condition in a trade agreement
For the first time, the EU set an animal welfare-based condition in the EU-Mercosur agreement but it is not sufficient to save the deal as it stands.
Trade agreements privatising biodiversity
For the past 30 years, industrialised countries have been forcing governments of the global South to adopt laws that privatise seeds, mainly through free trade agreements.
Taiwan voters should look before they leap on pork referendum
The decision that Taiwan’s voters reach in the December referendum on whether to reverse President Tsai Ing-wen’s decision to allow importation of U.S. pork containing ractopamine could have significant strategic reverberations.
Farm antibiotics use and new trade deals
Concerns about excessive use of antibiotics in the Australian poultry and livestock sectors has prompted an alliance of UK medical, environmental and animal welfare organisations.
The EU milk lookalike that is devastating West Africa’s dairy sector
The local dairy industry has come under increasing pressure since Burkina Faso and its neighbors opened their markets to Europe under a series of trade agreements that stretch back almost two decades.
Can Cambodia’s farmers reap the benefit of China trade deal?
How inclusive development of the agriculture sector will be, given that many of Cambodia’s larger fruit plantations are owned by, or are joint partnerships with, Chinese investors?
Animal welfare standards still an issue despite UK FTA
Australia’s ongoing use of animal welfare practices banned in other countries will continue to cause difficulties in trading relationships.
Industry alarmed at details of Australia/UK trade deal
The farming industry has raised serious concerns over a new trade deal between the UK and Australia, fearing it could harm British farmers’ livelihoods.
Australia and UK finalise free trade deal
Australia Prime Minister has hailed a free trade deal with the United Kingdom as the most comprehensive and ambitious in Australia’s history announced the deal on Tuesday after sealing an in-principle agreement over dinner overnight.
Farmers’ opposition to UK-Australia trade deal grows
Opposition among UK farmers is growing towards a trade deal close to being concluded with Australia. They say there are no meaningful safeguards in place to stop farmers being undercut by cheap imports.
Farmers to protest against Australia tariff-free trade deal
Fed-up farmers are preparing to stage protests over UK government plans to sign tariff-free trade deals with Australia and other countries, which they fear could lead to a flood of cheap food imports.