Monday, 22 June 2020 12:17

Ag Minister fails to advocate for farmers — National

Written by  Staff Reporters
David Bennett. David Bennett.

National’s new ag spokesperson David Bennett has criticised Ag Minister Damien O’Connor around updated Essential Freshwater targets.

Bennet claims O’Connor has provided no reassurance to farmers around updated Essential Freshwater targets.

“While appearing in front of the Primary Production Select Committee the Minister confirmed that he had neither advocated for a reduction of the toxicity threshold from 95% to 90% nor for a longer time frame for these reforms to be achieved than the current one generation target.

“The Minister asserted that the 95% toxicity target, which is equivalent to a DIN of approximately 2.4, was ‘achievable’ on-farm.

“With 6,600ha of land use change predicted to achieve some of the new Essential Freshwater reforms, the Minister gave no reassurance to farmers in catchments whose business will be at-risk from these high thresholds. 

Bennett says O’Connor acknowledged that land use change was inevitable in some areas and that at-risk areas, such as the Selwyn district, have the option to move to arable or forestry farming. 

“He also acknowledged the lower value of farmland for those at-risk users and confirmed that the Government would not consider compensating affected farmers for that loss of value. 

“He needs to start advocating for farmers around the Cabinet table instead of advocating for the Government to farmers.”

More like this

Migration essential for the future

OPINION: The New Zealand dairy sector attracts the best and brightest from around the world; aspirational farmers that want to make the highest quality products in the best environment.

David Who?

OPINION: Your old mate hears that the question, who exactly is the National Party's spokesman, is one of the biggest mysteries in farming circles since the rabbit calicivirus was illegally released back in 1997.

Quitters?

OPINION: This old mutt wonders what it is about tall, balding, ex-Fonterra executives and their (non) ability to handle life once they leave the safety of the big dairy co-op.

Something for NZ to celebrate

National's agriculture spokesman David Bennett says the Government should take note of new research confirming the New Zealand dairy industry’s low carbon emission profile.

National

Same old story!

NZ International Business Forum executive director Stephen Jacobi says the present FTA negotiations with the UK is depressing, with the…

Mayor slams Shaw's SNA claim

Grey District's mayor is unhappy at the lack of response from government ministers about concerns from West Coast leaders and…

Vets may choose Oz over NZ

Border restrictions are putting a roadblock in the way of getting more veterinarians to New Zealand and some are even…

Machinery & Products

One-pass cultivator moves 70% less soil

According to Kverneland distributor, Power Farming, the KultiStrip system will bring opportunities to farm environmentally, while improving yields and profitability.

Claas buys into bots

German harvesting specialist and tractor manufacturer Claas has acquired a minority shareholding in Dutch start-up company AgXeed, the developer of…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Thanks - not!

OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons one of the few things you can guarantee in farming - a bit like rates…

Careful

OPINION: A mate of the Hound's reckons the PM needs to be a bit careful about who or what she…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter