Agriculture in the Uruguay Round by R.C. Hine, K.A. Ingersent, A.J. Rayner

By R.C. Hine, K.A. Ingersent, A.J. Rayner

Agriculture was once an important merchandise at the schedule of the Uruguay around of multilateral alternate negotiations lower than the auspices of the final contract on price lists and exchange (GATT), introduced in 1986. during this in particular commissioned quantity the nationwide positions on agriculture taken up via the foremost gamers in the course of the process those negotiations are set out and analysed, nation by means of state, through a staff of across the world well known specialists. The editors have chosen and ordered the reviews to supply a coherent evaluate and synthesis of the most concerns and components of controversy raised via the negotiations. exam of the explanations for the conserving of alternative nationwide views at the factor of agricultural coverage and exchange reform is helping to give an explanation for why achieving overseas contract during this quarter of the GATT negotiations has been so elusive.

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Agriculture in the Uruguay Round

Agriculture was once a tremendous merchandise at the time table of the Uruguay around of multilateral exchange negotiations lower than the auspices of the overall contract on price lists and exchange (GATT), introduced in 1986. during this particularly commissioned quantity the nationwide positions on agriculture taken up by means of the main avid gamers throughout the process those negotiations are set out and analysed, nation by means of state, through a workforce of the world over popular specialists.

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This latest proposal outlined in considerable detail policies to be included in the phase-out of agricultural protection over a ten-year period. The US zero option remained intact in the Comprehensive Agriculture Proposal. Ideological positions, once taken by great powers, die reluctantly. But many observers, including the author, had little doubt that the United States would ultimately retreat from the hard-line zero option. This Comprehensive Proposal in the words of Secretary Yeutter 'is designed to level the playing field for farmers, so they compete fairly against one another instead of against governmental treasuries, in order to feed this growing population with a rational set of international trade rules' (Yeutter, 1989).

The idea appears simple but is difficult of achievement and, contrary to implications in the current debate, it has been around at least 50 years. Academic economists in the United States were advocating decoupled payments as early as the 1950s, but Congress for the most part has always ignored proposals containing the concept (Reinsel, 1989). The 1980s decoupling plan of Senator Rudy Boschwitz (Minnesota) - which did not include dairy and sugar - proposed to break the tie between production of agricultural commodities and income support by abolishing non-recourse loans, allowing prices to be determined in 38 The US Perspective the market, paying farmers directly based on past production, and reducing payments annually to some lower level over time .

III, Secretariat Estimates. 5 1986 1987 1988 1989 1986 1987 1988 1989 1986 1987 1988 1989 Australia Austria Canada EC-12 Finland Japan N. Zealand Norway Sweden Switzerland US Country (3) Budget revenues Transfers from consumers (2) Total transfers associated with agricultural policies! 1 0 w Jimmye S. 1 I Note that the total transfers shown in this table are broader than those covered by PSE and CSE calculations for two principal reasons. First, being confined to only twelve 'principal' agricultural commodity categories, PSEs and CSEs account for only part of the total value of agricultural production.

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