Friday, 18 September 2020 12:57

Hero to zero

Written by  Milking It

OPINION: The unworkable winter grazing rules facing dairy farmers have not gone unnoticed by another essential industry feeling under-appreciated, post-Covid.

As NZ Trucking magazine notes, two industries that kept the wheels of the economy turning before, during and after Level 4 lockdown were agriculture and transportation – the former growing the food, the latter delivering it. 

While the powers-that-be paid some lip-service to the contribution of both industries, as Trucking laments, they wasted no time hitting both with deeply unhelpful penalties after lockdown lifted – crazy, unworkable farming restrictions for farmers, revenue-gathering RUC increases for trucking.

“Remember us? We kept the supermarket windows from being smashed to pieces in the first lockdown,” writes Trucking. “We should start a club with the pastoral farmers. Our journeys of recent times seem remarkably parallel in trajectory.”


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