Ag minister Damien O’Connor says if NZ doesn’t get this four-week COVID-19 shutdown right, the chances are this will go on for a long time.
Opposition Ag spokesman Todd Muller thinks so.
He claims that documents released under the Official Information Act have shown multiple instances where O’Connor “was warned of the considerable social and economic impacts to farmers of the Freshwater proposals, but the Minister has ignored them”.
“Briefings from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in June 2019 warned the Minister that the proposals could contribute to reduced production for milk and meat processors, an increased burden on the mental health and wellbeing of farmers and lower land values and profitability.”
Expect this issue to be at the forefront of Muller’s election campaign this year!