Govt impact ‘severe and detrimental’
It seems that agriculture will be forced into the Emissions Trading Scheme at the behest of coalition partners.
I amurging the Agriculture Minister to ensure this consultation s carried out in a just and durable way, with no preconceived outcomes.
It is imperative that New Zealand transitions to a low carbon economy in a sustainable, managed approach that won’t damage established communities and economies.
A long-awaited decision by the Government to cull cattle infected with the Mycoplasma bovis disease brought some welcome relief to affected farmers, but I amcontinuing to hear from farmers who are fighting for compensation.
The Government has been too slow to compensate farmers to date and my challenge to the Minister and his officials is be fair and fast with future compensation claims.
This has been an incredibly difficult time for farmers while they have waited for critical decisions to be made about managing and controlling this disease.
It will still be some time before they can restart farming again and my heart goes out to all of the farming families involved.
Given these pressures being applied to the rural sector, I’ve also urged the Minister to support rural health initiatives like the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ.
It’s deeply disappointing that the RHAANZ has been declined Government funding.
In the past, Labour in particular has been very vocal on the issue of mental health in rural communities, and it’s so important, now more than ever, that they speak up for those who speak up for our farmers.
The Agriculture Minister has a farming background, and I’m calling on his good sense to ensure our farmers are heard before any further damage is done. Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have a full name, address and phone number. The news director reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply. Email: email@example.com
Hamish Walker is the MP for Clutha-Southland.