Domestic subsidies a priority in WTO ag talks

WTO members see different path moving forward, as revealed during latest informal agricultural negotiation meeting.

Domestic support remains a clear priority in agricultural trade reforms, and subsidies for cotton are a specific objective for reform, World Trade Organization members were told at an informal meeting on agriculture negotiations convened May 9 by New Zealand Ambassador Vangelis Vitalis, who chairs these negotiations.

As with the other pillars of the agriculture negotiations, the chair suggested that an approach to advance negotiations in domestic support is to “define by doing.”

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