Friday, 24 November 2023 13:45

Farmers like incoming Government

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Federated Farmers president Wayne Langford says the new Government have set out a clear and credible plan to get farming back on track and restore farmer confidence. Federated Farmers president Wayne Langford says the new Government have set out a clear and credible plan to get farming back on track and restore farmer confidence.

Farmers have given the incoming Government the tick of approval.

Federated Farmers president Wayne Langford says the new Government, announced today, have set out a clear and credible plan to get farming back on track and restore farmer confidence.

"The last six years have been incredibly challenging for farmers and rural communities with a lot of impractical and expensive regulation. Farmer confidence is at record lows," Langford says.

In the lead up to the election Federated Farmers released a rural roadmap with 12 policy priorities for the next Government that return some positivity to farming and get things back on track.

Langford notes that the politicians have clearly sat up and taken notice, because the new Government have adopted those policy priorities as their own.

"The ute tax will be gone by Christmas, water storage is on the way, and there is a real intent to cut through the red tape that farmers have been wrapped up in," Langford says.

Farmers will be particularly pleased to see a firm commitment to fix the unworkable freshwater rules and replace them with something that will actually work behind the farm gate.

"There will also be a review the highly political and unscientific methane reduction targets in the Zero Carbon Act to ensure New Zealand is taking a warming approach.

"All of these things will go a long way when it comes to restoring farmer confidence. Federated Farmers look forward to working with the new Government to make sure they deliver," Langford says. 

More like this

New minister's hort focus

The new Minister of Horticulture, Nicola Grigg, says the reason that she came into Parliament was because of her interest in and commitment to agriculture.

Prisoners?

OPINION: Your old mate had a bit of a giggle at the recent maiden speech to Parliament by new Waitaki MP and primary production deputy chair Miles Anderson.

Optimism in the air

There is a feeling of optimism in the dairy industry, says Federated Farmers dairy section chair Richard McIntyre.

Farmer friendly Govt

OPINION: Federated Farmers posted a photo on X (formerly Twitter) last week of a meeting between its board members and the new ministerial team at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Featured

Lower Aus exports, good news for NZ

Australia's dairy import and export mix is "slowly trading places" with export volumes falling sharply in recent years while imports have spiked, according to Rabobank.

Taylor-made for recovery

A year ago, Cyclone Gabrielle wreaked havoc at family-owned Taylors orchard and packhouse in Hawke's Bay.

Covid's urban/rural divide

According to a new study from the University of Otago, there was a visible rural/urban divide in Covid-19 vaccination rates.

Long-term plan needed

Well before Cyclone Gabrielle struck, Richard Burke was advocating for a long-term sustainable infrastructure plan for the Tairawhiti region.

National

An annual event?

Meat Industry Association chief executive, Sirma Karapeeva, says she hopes that National Lamb Day will now take place every year.

Selling the value of lamb

The meat industry has a job to sell the value proposition of lamb, says Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.

Winning back farmer trust

One year into her role as Beef + Lamb New Zealand chair, Kate Acland is continuing to work hard and…

Tough times on farm

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chair Kate Acland says while farmers are quite positive about the new Government, the economic…

Machinery & Products

Norwood's deal with SKY

Norwood has signed an exclusive New Zealand distribution agreement with the Burel Group for the SKY Agriculture brand.

Killing weed seeds in a single pass

John Deere's X-Series Combine Harvesters can now be complemented by the advanced weed control capability of Redekop’s Seed Control Unit…

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Bureaucratic insanity

OPINION: The Hound reckons if farmers in this country think they've got a problem with the small-minded officious bureaucrats imposing…

Tone deaf?

OPINION: Your old mate can't believe the absolute brass neck of the directors at Beef + Lamb NZ who are…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter