The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has just announced that up to NZ$600,000 will be invested in joint research projects with China on food safety and security, and water research.
“That comes hot on the heels of the Strategic Plan for Agricultural Co-operation, signed by Nathan Guy, last week and the Collaboration Framework Agreement, signed by John Key in China earlier this month,” said O’Connor.
“While the government has been talking up the importance of these deals, our farmers—whose expertise is being peddled—have been provided with very little detail.
“What they do know is that this is about New Zealand’s agricultural reputation and intellectual property, developed over generations, heading overseas.
“Few people would consider China a bastion of intellectual property protection and New Zealand’s primary industries deserve to know what reassurances and protections the government has sought for them.
“New Zealand deserves to know it’s getting the best return and not being sold down the river.”