INDEPENDENT NEWS

Irrigation investment first step towards food security

Published: Thu 18 May 2017 02:29 PM
Irrigation investment first step towards food security
Source: Horticulture NZ
--
Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the Government’s planned increase in grant funding and capital investment towards irrigation and water infrastructure in Budget 2017.
Of the new funding, $26.7 million provides matched grant funding to regional scale irrigation schemes, while $63 million of new capital funding will support investment in the construction of regional irrigation infrastructure.
Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman says that this is a good move towards protecting New Zealand’s water, and an important step on the road towards lasting food security.
"Protecting water, as the Government is doing here, is vital to New Zealand’s economic and social well-being," says Chapman, "but so too is protecting high-quality growing land from urban sprawl."
"In addition to this welcome funding for water, Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a Food Security Policy to be developed by Government, protecting the high-quality land used for growing our fresh fruit and vegetables. The rapid expansion of our cities is putting pressure on our top growing areas, particularly in areas like Pukekohe.
"A true food security policy will do much more than just protect water and land - it will ensure New Zealand can feed itself, keep rural New Zealand thriving, and make New Zealand financially and economically sustainable."
ENDS

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

GDP growth eases slightly
By: Statistics New Zealand
NZ first-quarter current account turns to surplus
By: BusinessDesk
Fonterra satisfied with Beingmate's response to error
By: BusinessDesk
Foreign buyer ban gets smoother edges
By: BusinessDesk
Govt declines application to mine conservation land
By: New Zealand Government
NZ economic growth slows in first quarter
By: BusinessDesk
Govt’s head in sand as economic growth slows
By: New Zealand National Party
Fonterra denies food safety issue for Chinese partner
By: RNZ
Fonterra seeking more details over Beingmate licensing issue
By: BusinessDesk
Record imports push current account deficit to 9-year high
By: Statistics New Zealand
Dairy product prices slip for seventh time in nine auctions
By: BusinessDesk
Foreign buyer screening law reported back
By: New Zealand Government
Overseas Investment Amendment a dog of a Bill
By: New Zealand National Party
Speaker rules out foreign buyer amendment
By: ACT New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media