Govt fund­ing for war on pests

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Taranaki pres­i­dent Don­ald McIn­trye says the an­nounce­ment of $11.7 mil­lion of govern­ment fund­ing for Taranaki’s war against pos­sums, stoats and rats is “amaz­ing news”.

“Farm­ers have been work­ing with the re­gional coun­cil on the Self Help pos­sum con­trol pro­gramme for more than two decades and are closely in­ter­twined with the wider Taranaki com­mu­nity’s ef­forts to be the first preda­tor-free re­gion in the coun­try.

“We’re right on board with this vi­sion,” says Don­ald. The $11.5 mil­lion over the next five years to Taranaki Taku Tu¯ ranga — Our Place, Towards a Preda­tor-Free Taranaki is the first project to gain largescale fund­ing from the govern­ment’s com­pany Preda­tor Free 2050 Ltd.

With $35 mil­lion of fund­ing from other sources, Taranaki Taku Tu¯ ranga uses lat­est tech­nol­ogy and trap­ping to rid the re­gion’s farm­land, ur­ban ar­eas, re­serves and Mt Taranaki of stoats, rats and pos­sums by 2050.

“Farm­ers spend a lot of time con­trol­ling pest an­i­mals and weeds on their land, hav­ing planted the banks of thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of wa­ter­ways and be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the bulk of land now in conservation covenants. Farm­ers know that con­trol of preda­tors such as stoats, rats and feral cats is an on­go­ing bat­tle, and a key part of their drive to pro­tect and en­hance indige­nous bio­di­ver­sity on farm.

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