“The very best thing that the Minister of Agriculture can do for rural New Zealanders is to improve the business
conditions they face, by reducing compliance costs, taxes and regulation, rather than adding another portfolio and more
red tape,” said ACT Rural Affairs spokesman Owen Jennings.
Mr Jennings was commenting on the release of a Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) report; The Influence of
Social Factors on the Future Performance of the Primary Production Sectors.
“The report very rightly points out that profitability is the over-riding issue in rural New Zealand, yet this
Government refuses to face the reality that they are a major contributer to the high costs rural dwellers face.
“If Mr Sutton is serious about dealing with the problem he will tackle rising ACC costs, rising employment costs, rising
interest rates, rising fuel prices and the tragic costs arising from the Resource Management Act, to name a few,” said