THE National Farmers' Federation has launched a new website calling for public support and donations to help its campaign backing free trade agreements.
NFF president Brent Finlay said the new online platform would contain information about the value of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and the overall value to farmers of export tariff reductions and improved market access.
The NFF website, www.farmersforfreetrade.org.au is set to go live today, and will also be backed by a new media campaign on free trade.
The website says the ChAFTA is a game-changer for Australian agriculture by providing unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy and creating new opportunities for many of key agricultural exports.
“Unfortunately, a campaign is underway to derail implementation of this historic agreement and its benefits to our economy,” it says.
“Attempts to reopen the negotiations at this late stage put the whole deal at risk.
“Delaying the agreement could cost the agricultural export trade up to $300 million in 2016 alone, with untold flow-on effects is loss of jobs and future income to rural and regional communities across Australia.”
Mr Findlay said the NFF wanted the general public to “come on board and support Australian farmers”.
“On this new website the public can contribute funds to help raise ongoing awareness about the value of free trade to Australian agriculture,” he said.
“We want to continue putting information out into the public domain on free trade because we believe there’s been a sense of disconnect about the importance of free trade and market access, for Australian agriculture.”
The public will be asked to make contributions towards the campaign, with $100, $500 and $2500 and “other” set as the guide for contributions.