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Land & Water Forum Final Report Gets Farmer Backing

Published: Thu 15 Nov 2012 03:26 PM
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15 November 2012
Land & Water Forum Final Report Gets Farmer Backing
Federated Farmers supports the recommendations of the third and final Land and Water Forum (LawF) report.
“Despite what is said at times about our environment, we must never forget we still enjoy some of the highest quality water on earth,” says Ian Mackenzie, Federated Farmers water and environment spokesman.
“LawF recommendations are about setting a pathway to protect and over time, improve our already high water quality. It is about better managing our most precious natural resource to fulfil our social, economic, environmental and cultural needs.
“Farmers support this aspiration and Federated Farmers is committed to playing our part in achieving it.
“We know the way we farm will need to change. Perhaps what needs to be fully understood is that change is also needed beyond agriculture. LawF covers all water, rural or urban, so we are all in this together.
“At the heart of LawF recommendations is for communities to adopt a collaborative process in setting water quality limits. This mirrors the one we have gone through on LawF itself. It is a very good way to understand issues in depth.
“Any collaborative process must be genuinely informed by what limits mean for individual communities. It is about striking a balance between what is feasible and what is not.
“Federated Farmers does take issue with some regional councils rushing to set limits. This fails to inform or involve the community in what will affect jobs, a community’s standard of living, or for that matter, its makeup.
“There are also some local councils who believe they ought to be exempted because they cannot achieve limit objectives and therefore, shouldn’t have to. It is the kind of thinking some farmers may have harboured decades ago, but not now.
“For agriculture, the regulatory process should embed Good Management Practice (GMP), the inclusion of farm environmental plans and where appropriate, Audited Self Management (ASM).
“Good Management Practice provides a holistic way to address water quality issues than the nitrate myopic approach suggested by many regional councils.
“Good Management Practice should further help communities decide where limits should be set, so as not to cause social and economic damage. I guess this is about empowering communities to find the right balance.
“LawF recommendations are a roadmap and Federated Farmers supports them,” Mr Mackenzie concluded.
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