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National fails farmers

Yesterday's launch of MPI’s Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries exposes the failure of the National Government’s export growth strategy, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor 

“Export revenue will decrease overall with a major cutback in returns for meat and wool exports. These projections expose the dependence on dairy for growth and failure to broaden the scope of our primary export earnings.

 “The Minister Nathan Guy has refused to take a leadership role to restructure the meat sector, and the absence of accredited certification for manuka honey and organic products has undermined sustainable growth in these high value areas. 

“The report uses every excuse possible to explain the reduction in income from exports but fails to acknowledge the need for a vision and strategic plan to capture more value for Kiwi farmers. 

“National has always taken for granted support from their traditional farming base but this report must wake farmers up to the failure of the stupid Double Export Growth Target. 

“There are an increasing number of challenges facing every Kiwi farmer and shrinking export returns will further undermine their ability to make a profit from the land.  

“National has failed its most loyal farming constituents and New Zealand farmers should demand change from this tired hands-off Government,” said Damien O’Connor.