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Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2008

At a Glance

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This book is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture. Separate chapters describe and evaluate agricultural policies in each OECD country, including such important developments as the introduction of the single-payment scheme in the EU. This edition also includes a special chapter describing the revised method of estimating support to agriculture used for the first time in this report. As always, it includes extensive statistical data on support to agriculture broken down by type of support and commodity, as well as Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet versions of tables and graphs.

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New Zealand

Recent policy initiatives in New Zealand relate to sustainable development and natural resource management issues, including water management, climate change and biosecurity control. In the area of biosecurity, the government made efforts to improve early detection and effective eradication by integrating all biosecurity organizations into MAF Biosecurity New Zealand. To streamline food safety efforts, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) was established as a new department, separate from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

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