NZ Farmer - Federated Farmers voice concerns over Labour water levy but expect the party to be 'pragmatic'

NZ Farmer - Federated Farmers voice concerns over Labour water levy but expect the party to be 'pragmatic'

South Canterbury Federated Farmers president Mark Adams said he believed some of the promises coming out from political parties were "not as informed as they could have been", and he expected if Labour did get into power they would be more "pragmatic" about water rules. 

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Bronwyn Muir replies to Rachel Stewart

Bronwyn Muir replies to Rachel Stewart

Dear Rachel,

I don't really have the time to write this as busy running some rural businesses but here goes....

You probably don't remember me - I held the Taranaki FFNZ Presidents position for nearly 4 years and sat in the wings biting my tongue while you ran off at the mouth / pen and tried to hold Feds and farmers to ransom time and time again.

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Dairy News - Federated Farmers says water tax will suck cash from irrigating regions

Dairy News - Federated Farmers says water tax will suck cash from irrigating regions

Echoing an IrrigationNZ analysis, which shows the bulk of the proposed water tax would be gathered in regions where the rivers were already cleanest, Federated Farmers rep Chris Allen said the most polluted rivers are nowhere near where irrigation is happening.

Ashburton-based Chris Allen, is the Federated Farmers board member with policy responsibility for the environment (water and biodiversity).

“The tax is not going to fix any river that’s not being worked on already,” he said.

"Dairying has been the red herring in the debate but represents less than half of Mid-Canterbury’s irrigation. With Mid-Canterbury providing much of the world’s carrot seed, much of the irrigation goes to very specialised cropping and it would be “a worry” if that were made uneconomic.

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