Farmers pledge to improve NZ's waterways - NZ Herald

Developments in science will help prevent and mitigate the country's freshwater quality issues, say farming leaders who have formed a group to address the degradation of the country's rivers.

For the first time in this country, a group of pastoral farming leaders have joined forces and committed to working towards making New Zealand's rivers swimmable for future generations.

Heading organisations such as Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers and Beef + Lamb NZ, the Farming Leaders Group, made up of seven members said to represent 80 per cent of the country's pastoral farmed land, formed in May this year to work on issues of importance to the sector.

One of those issues, and a hot button election topic this year, was water quality, and gathered on the edge of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke's Bay today, the group explained that more needed to be done, and done faster.

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