UK deal with New Zealand risks undercutting local farmers

Mark Tufnell, deputy president of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) which represents 28,000 farmers, land managers, and rural businesses across England and Wales, said: “Instinctively, we support free trade, but there has to be something in it for both sides. We see the opportunity for New Zealand farmers in this deal, but aren’t so sure what the opportunity is for those of us in the UK." 

“Over time, New Zealand will be able to sell even larger quantities of meat and dairy produce into the UK, often produced much more cheaply than we can do ourselves. This risks undercutting UK farmers and putting a question mark over the viability of their businesses."

“Government is leaving the industry in the dark about what this deal really means for agriculture, setting a worrying precedent for other Free Trade Agreements we may strike with other major food exporters, many of which have far lower animal welfare and environmental standards than we do. Government promised that suitable checks and balances would be put in place to ensure we would not be undercut in this way.  So far they have failed to materialize."

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