New Zealander joins World Farmers Organisation board

Thursday 18 April 2013, 1:02PM
By Federated Farmers of New Zealand

Federated Farmers President, Bruce Wills, has been appointed to the World Farmers Organisation Board as its Oceania representative.  This assures New Zealand a key voice on the peak body representing farmer organisations from over 50 countries.

“It has been a superb General-Assembly in Japan,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President, speaking from Niigata, Japan.

“Federated Farmers has helped to broker a breakthrough trade policy for the World Farmers Organisation.  I need to acknowledge the high level policy work involving not only Federated Farmers’ staff but kindred organisations too.

“May I genuinely thank Beef+LambNZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support and advice.  The WFO trade policy not only vindicates their support but New Zealand now has a voice on governance, with Federated Farmers becoming the Oceania Board representative.

“I think it is important to recognise my WFO predecessor, Australia’s Jock Laurie and the former President of Australia’s National Farmers Federation.  The General-Assembly has given me a great opportunity to meet the NFF’s new president, Duncan Fraser as well as other global farming leaders.

“My hope is to use my board position to show case the excellent people resource we have in New Zealand that will help national and international farming to flourish,” Mr Wills concluded.