New Special Agriculture Trade Envoy appointed

Thursday 27 June 2013, 1:29PM
By Federated Farmers of New Zealand

Federated Farmers welcomes Beef+Lamb NZ chairman, Mike Petersen, to the position of New Zealand Special Agriculture Trade Envoy.  Mr Petersen succeeds past Federated Farmers President, Alistair Polson, in that particular role.

“Federated Farmers congratulates Mike Petersen on his appointment as New Zealand Special Agriculture Trade Envoy,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President.

“Mike brings to the role a lot of experience in market access, being chair of the New Zealand Meat Board, which legally holds quota into the European Union as well as Beef+Lamb NZ.

“Mike is also a hugely experienced farmer.  Like his predecessor, Alistair Polson, Mike can look trade negotiators in the eye while explaining how Kiwi farming has become the most open on earth.  He can also speak farmer-to-farmer and I feel that is important.

“I know Mike, like Federated Farmers, sees a huge future in Asia and New Zealand can play a huge role in helping to fuel their economic growth.

“As Federated Farmers holds the Oceania Board position on the World Farmers Organisation, we look forward to continuing our positive and close association with New Zealand’s Special Agriculture Trade Envoy,” Mr Wills concluded.