Ricegrowers’ Association calls for rice to be included in the Trans Pacific Partnership

15 Nov 2013 10:19 AM -

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia Inc. (RGA) has today called for Australian trade negotiators participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership meetings next week to ensure agriculture is included in the agreement without exceptions.

In particular, the RGA believes the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations represent the best opportunity in many years to achieve a meaningful improvement in the quantity and quality of Australian rice access to the Japanese market.

RGA Executive Director Ruth Wade said, “Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership will continue on November 19th and it is critical that agriculture, including rice, is on the agenda for discussion. We urge the Government’s representatives to support Australia’s agricultural industries and Australian rice growers by calling for greater market access overall and particularly in Japan.

Read the full media release here.