Tuesday, 31 October 2017 08:55

Chat soon, Feds tell O’Connor

Written by  Peter Burke
Katie Milne. Katie Milne.

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says the new Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is obviously well versed in agriculture, which many Feds members and all farmers will appreciate.

She knows O’Connor reasonably well and says he has been a farmer, has brothers farming and is well connected with the industry, making it easy to talk to him about the issues that affect farmers.

“He speaks about rural-proofing things that go through government and that sits quite close to what our role is as we see it. This involves making sure that a rural lens gets properly applied to everything. We are looking forward to working with him and his team to get the best possible outcomes.”

Milne says farmers, like all New Zealanders, want the best for the environment and are committed to finding solutions that are science-based, cost-effective and community-driven. She says people in farming and working in the wider primary industries have been actively making a difference for the last 20 years, investing money and energy in making this aspiration a reality.

“What farmers need from the new government in the climate change space is that any new regulation still enables growth, innovation and productivity as it seeks to lower emissions. As the Paris Agreement says, it should not compromise food production in the process.

“It’s a big challenge and with science already working hard to find animal mitigations, regulation needs to avoid unintended consequences.”

Milne says the Federation welcomes the opportunity to assist the new government with planning for these goals and to make them achievable.

“This will ultimately require tailored solutions that will be fit for purpose for both rural and provincial NZ and the primary sector,” says Milne.

The Federation hopes to start talking soon with ministers allocated the new roles that affect its members.


More like this

What ethics?

Your old mate just about choked on his bone when he read a media release from the multinational, tax dodging, perennially anti farming organisation Greenpeace calling on Feds to stop “kicking farmers”.

Gun register likely to misfire – Feds

Misgivings about the practicality and cost of a firearms register are likely to dominate feedback from rural people on the second round of proposed Arms Act amendments, says Federated Farmers.


Not content with slapping extra costs on the country’s farmers in the form of an ETS tax, impossible targets to cut methane and impending charges to improve water quality, the Government now wants more.

A great Guy — Feds 

Farmers regarded Nathan Guy as a pragmatic and knowledgeable Minister for Primary Industries, says Federated Farmers.


» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Beating the desert heat

Three times daily in summer the Holstein cows on a dairy farm north of Doha, Qatar, placidly step onto a…

Unreliable case

A Scottish couple has had a compensation claim rejected after arguing one of their pedigree Highland cows got pregnant to their neighbour’s…

» Connect with Dairy News