Achieving new export market opportunities and reducing trade distortions within global markets is essential for Australia’s farmers, who export some 60 percent of their produce.
Food and fibre sold overseas accounts for about 80% of farm income. Australian farmers are amongst the least subsidised in the world.
Farm exports were valued at $44.8 billion in 2016-2017. Australian agriculture relies on an open, rules-based global trading system. Our farmers have the business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit, and deep understanding of the land which enables them to stand on their own two feet in the global market. For such a small country we are remarkably successful.
To see Australian agriculture reach it’s potential, the NFF works hard with Government and industry, to secure improved access to high value and volume global markets, through preferential trade agreements and the reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers.
The NFF has goal for a 50% reduction in non-tariff barriers impacting Australian farm exports by 2030. The NFF is the secretariat of the Cairns Group Farm Leaders.