16 December 2011
Australia is a small market for agriculture by global standards. In wet years, the sale of Australian agricultural tools can comprise around 3 per cent of the global market, while in dry years it can be as little as 1 per cent of global sales. Given this small market, it is vital that agricultural regulations are harmonised nationally so that the regulatory burden is minimised and Australian farmers do not miss out on access to vital agricultural tools. CropLife Australia strongly supports a national approach for regulating GM crops in Australia and we note that this was the original intention of the gene technology regulatory scheme.