What is the job of Government in all of this?

Government has several jobs in relation to SPS. On the one hand it must pass laws and regulations and apply them to business operators in agriculture and food sectors, to ensure that human, plant and animal health are protected. People who break the rules are subject to the court process and sanctions are applied. On the other hand Government may choose to take on the responsibility to provide support and help to its producers and industry. This could be in the form of promulgation of codes of practice (good agricultural practices), advice (extension services), grants for investment in improved equipment, or direct investment in common infrastructure.

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