A visiting dairy farmer from the United States said they have very few subsidies now and that’s the way most farmers there like it.
The prefer to prosper, or not, through their own efforts rather than at the whim of the government.
That sentiment is shared by farmers here and the OECD:
Countries should focus on improving farm productivity, sustainability and long-term competitiveness, rather than policies that distort markets.
NZ has the lowest agricultural subsidies in the OECD:
The European Union has reduced its level of support to 22% of farm income, but remains above the OECD average.
Support to farmers remains relatively high in Korea (47%), Iceland (48%), Japan (49%), Switzerland (56%) and Norway (60%).
Brazil, South Africa and Ukraine generally support agriculture at levels well below the OECD average, while support in China is approaching the OECD average. In Russia, farm support now exceeds the OECD average.
I didn’t think we had any support at all. If I’m reading the report correctly that 1% is sector-wide policy measures representing general services to agriculture.
New Zealand farmer were dragged unwillingly into the real world in the 1980s but I haven’t met a single farmer in the last 20 years that would want to go back.
Farmers and the country are better off without subsidies.