Free Trade Agreements benefit Central Otago apple growers

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said improved access to Asian markets was having a positive impact on Central Otago apple growers.

“Local growers are looking forward to a record year and point to expansion into the Asian market as being responsible for some of that growth.

“The National Government has worked hard to negotiate Free Trade Agreements to assist exporters like apple growers by providing improved access to partner markets, and reduced trade barriers.

“Free Trade Agreements are already in place with Asian countries like Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, with the new Trans-Pacific Partnership set to improve access on an even greater scale.

“Pipfruit New Zealand estimates New Zealand will ship 19.5 million export cartons of apples, up 5.5 percent on last year and totalling $700 million.

“This is exciting growth and bodes well for the Central Otago region which is set to enjoy significant benefits and profitability.

“It’s also great news for the regional economy injecting millions directly back into the Central Otago community, creating more jobs, more training and more career opportunities within the industry.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru