Federated Farmers has been checking the calendar – six months on from last year’s election and the government has broken an election promise to protect productive farmland. Labour pledged if re-elected it would take less than six months to protect productive farmland from the rampant spread of large-scale exotic tree planting across the country. “We […]
We cannot control the weather, but we can make the most of it and catch it while we can. The recent holiday deluge of rain in the south saw two very different reactions. There was despair from the holiday makers trying to take a break from the year we’d had, right through to joy and […]
by Toby Williams (Gisborne-Wairoa Federated Farmers President) IN just one sleep, when the jolly red fellow pays us a visit, we will sit back and reflect on the year that has been. For many of us, the past 12 months have been pretty rough. It started well, with almost record high prices reached for red […]
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has marked World Soil Day (5 December) with a $6.25 million investment in mapping New Zealand’s most valuable soils which are vital to our economic, environmental and social wellbeing. “The more we know about our natural resources, including soils, the better we can make good sustainable land use decisions,” Damien O’Connor […]
Jim Galloway The recently released Essential Freshwater Legislation (EFW) has many flaws and impractical parts to it. The Government did not involve Fed Farmers, B&L or Dairy NZ in the consultation, nor did it take notice of the wisdom of farmers in their thousands of submissions. The result is poor legislation which has had “tweaks” […]
The trucking industry wants to see Labour engage better with the business community in its second term of Government, says Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett. “Solutions to the issues and opportunities that Covid-19 has thrown up lie in the knowledge and expertise held by New Zealand’s businesses, rather than its bureaucracy,” Leggett says. […]
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At Federated Farmers, we are concerned that Hawke’s Bay may experience widespread poverty: water poverty. Water management is crucially important for the future of the Hawke’s Bay region. The prolonged dry weather affects our entire economy, it affects communities, and it affects families. Not just farming families, but also the families of people working […]