A new deal between New Zealand and China to promote agricultural cooperation between the two countries is an important step forward with the export destination, says Federated Farmers.

The plan sets out areas in which both countries can learn from each other, such as animal welfare, science and building skills.

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills said the plan builds on the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement and deepened our involvement with China, which has overtaken Australia as New Zealand's largest export destination.

"New Zealand's exports to China have more than tripled since 2008 and demonstrate what is possible with the Trans Pacific Partnership in negotiation.


"Our trade growth with China is breath-taking and every New Zealander benefits from this relationship. The more we can understand China the better our trade, cultural and social relationships will become," he said.