The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is slamming the Green Party's "farming for the future" policy
, which would introduce a levy on fertiliser and cost taxpayers $297,000,000 over three years to subsidise "regenerative
and organic farming methods".
Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, "Agriculture will be a key plank in New Zealand's economic recovery. The last thing
our farming sector needs is a tax on efficiency in the form of a levy on fertiliser. Fertilisers help farmers produce
more with less land, limiting the impact of agriculture on our outstanding natural landscapes. The Greens should be
happy about that!"
"That the revenue from this tax will be spent on promoting 'vegan plant-based practices' adds insult to injury. The
Government should focus on allowing the economy to recover, not wasting money on trendy environmental schemes."
Taxpayers have already invested more than $10,000,000 in a 'Messages From New Zealand' campaign to promote our exports
worldwide. It makes no sense to burden our agricultural sector just as we're relying on it to protect New Zealand from a
worldwide economic downturn."
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in
the corridors of power. It's here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their
tax dollar. New Zealanders are invited to join and donate at http://taxpayers.org.nz