Agri-business leaders fear loss of trade consensus, new regulation

Mon, 09 Jun 2014

By Pattrick Smellie June 9 (BusinessDesk) - Leaders in the agri-business sector fear the loss of the traditional political consensus favouring free trade agreements if there's a change of government, but are equally fearful that a Labour-Greens coalition will see heavier regulation against environmental harm and will start charging farmers to use water and other "natural capital", says the annual KPMG Agri-Business Agenda publication. While enthusiastic about Labour's research and development tax breaks, which could help develop new techn...

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