Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is on his way to Europe to represent New Zealand on the international sustainable agriculture and climate change stage.
He will speak at the international conference on agricultural greenhouse gases and food security in Berlin, co-sponsored by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, which New Zealand led the establishment of in 2009.
As the first New Zealand Minister to visit Italy since the formation of its new government in April, he will meet with counterparts. In Rome he will also meet with the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
In Paris Mr O’Connor will host a reception to support New Zealand’s candidate for Director-General of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, Dr John Barker.
In London he will meet with UK officials and industry representatives to discuss the development of the UK’s agricultural policy.
Mr O’Connor will also meet with key European stakeholders on EU-New Zealand free trade agreement negotiations. He travels from 10-16 September.
The Government last week celebrated a decade of work by the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme, where $50 million for 150 projects has helped our primary sectors understand and adapt to climate change.
“This valuable work ensures our agriculture can remain profitable and sustainable into the future – knowledge coveted by countries around the world – and we value our relationships with like-minded agribusiness countries,” Mr O’Connor said.
Source: Minister of Agriculture