OPINION: Beleaguered Australian farmers are facing a fight on a new front.
Agricultural Minister Damien O’Connor claims at least 2000 farmers will be helped with on-the-ground support to lift their environmental sustainability as part of Budget 2019 funding.
Environment Minister David Parker recently told a Forest & Bird meeting about the Productive and Sustainable Land Use package unveiled in the Budget. Here are excerpts from his speech.
Now that the circus surrounding the Budget’s release has subsided, Milking It makes the following observations about some of its contents.
Farmers are questioning why the Government’s first ‘Wellbeing budget’ has left a critical gap in its commitment to conservation.
The wider agribusiness sector has nailed its share of loot in the recent Budget – with extra money for R&D, training, irrigation, animal welfare and biosecurity.
Budget 2015 is, I believe, one of the best for the primary sector since National has been in government.
National's 2015 Budget has allocated extra funding to strengthen animal welfare systems and biosecurity.
A $10 million package over four years will bolster New Zealand's animal welfare systems, according to Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY has welcomed the Government's decision to increase the level of Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding for science and agricultural based programmes.