World Trade Organization strikes ‘historic’ farming subsidy deal.

For many decades, a critical impediment to developing countries’ agricultural development has been unfair competition from the EU and US, dumping products in local and regional markets supported by taxpayer-funded subsidies. Thankfully, this may change soon;

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“Countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to abolish subsidies on farming exports.

Developed countries agreed to stop the subsidies immediately and developing nations must follow by the end of 2018.

The WTO, which represents 162 countries, called it “the most significant outcome on agriculture” since the body’s foundation in 1995.

But longstanding talks on other trade barriers were left unresolved at the end of the summit in Kenya.

Removing agriculture export subsidies is intended to help farmers in poorer countries to compete more fairly.

“The decision you have taken today on export competition is truly extraordinary,” WTO chief Roberto Azevedo said at the closing session in Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The summit of ministers, which finished on Saturday after five days of talks, was the first to be held in Africa. “.

Of relevance to Georgia are imports of milk powder used to make liquid milk, yoghurt and cheese in Georgia.

 

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