Con­trac­tors warned not to break maize rul­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Agri­cul­tural con­trac­tors are be­ing re­minded that they must leave a buf­fer of at least two me­tres be­tween wa­ter­ways and ar­eas cul­ti­vated for grow­ing maize.

Maize cul­ti­va­tion – in­volv­ing plough­ing pad­docks and plant­ing seed – hap­pens in spring. Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil has been re­ceiv­ing re­ports of con­trac­tors fail­ing to fol­low the two-me­tre rule.

‘‘The rule is aimed at pre­vent­ing sed­i­ment and nu­tri­ents in the soil from get­ting into wa­ter­ways, as this can af­fect wa­ter qual­ity and the health of aquatic or­gan­isms,’’ said pro­gramme man­ager Ross Wight­man.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the re­ports of some con­trac­tors fail­ing to main­tain the right dis­tance, all agri­cul­tural con­trac­tors in the re­gion are be­ing writ­ten to, re­mind­ing them of their obli­ga­tion.

‘‘Farm­ers need to be aware of this is­sue, too, and en­sure con­trac­tors are fol­low­ing the two me­tre rule,’’ Mr Wight­man said.

Con­trac­tors and farm­ers could face ‘‘en­force­ment ac­tion’’ if the rules aren’t fol­lowed.

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