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In 1984, New Zealand introduced important policy reforms in order to address major macroeconomic and fiscal imbalances. New Zealand's support to agricultural producers rapidly decreased from 30 percent of the value of production to about 2 percent, and has remained the lowest among OECD economies since that time.After a difficult transition, the removal of subsidies resulted in a more diversified and competitive rural economy in New Zealand; total factor productivity growth has been roughly 2.5 percent annually since 1984, compared to roughly 1.5 percent in the prereform period.This Policy Review focuses on agricultural policy today and how New Zealand is supporting the agricultural sector now without resorting to subsidies. It describes the policy New Zealand uses to support farmers dealing with adverse events such as climatic disasters. It also describes New Zealand's strategy for promoting competiveness in world markets.

Keywords: New Zealand ; agricultural policy ; benchmark ; proactive

Variant title: Examen de la politique agricole de la Nouvelle-Zélande

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Institutional and Behavioral Economics

International Relations/Trade

Resource /Energy Economics and Policy

Risk and Uncertainty

Issue Date: 2007-10

Publication Type: Report

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Total Pages: 4

Series Statement: Agricultural Policy Reviews

Volume 3, Number 3

Record appears in: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada > Economic and Market Information

Author: Gilmour, Brad ; Gurung, Rajendra Kumar


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