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Nathan Guy heads to Europe

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/03/2017

Nathan Guy. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Nathan Guy. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is heading to Europe to advocate New Zealand as an important agricultural partner to the UK and EU.

He leaves on Saturday night and is visiting Lithuania, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Mr Guy will meet with government counterparts in each capital as well as members of the European Parliament in Brussels.

He will also meet with farming groups including the National Farmers Union and Farmers Club in the UK.

He'll address the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels,, which brings together agricultural interests from across Europe to discuss challenges facing the agriculture sector.

"New Zealand has close ties with Europe and the UK and this trip will build on this," Mr Guy said.

"These relationships are increasingly important to us as we work towards a free trade agreement with the European Union and, longer term, forge a new agreement for our trade with the UK following its departure from the EU."

While in Ireland Mr Guy will be highlighting the recent announcement that New Zealand will be opening an embassy in Dublin. This is part of the government's Trade Agenda 2030 announced on Friday.

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