Putting a plan into ac­tion


The Good Farm­ing Prac­tice Ac­tion Plan for Wa­ter Qual­ity il­lus­trates com­mit­ment by the pri­mary sec­tor, lo­cal and cen­tral govern­ment to work to­gether to en­hance our streams and rivers, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers En­vi­ron­ment spokesper­son Chris Allen says.

‘‘Our agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­tries are al­ready a long way down the trail of en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship but this is an im­por­tant step to­wards achiev­ing higher stan­dards.’’

The ac­tion plan, launched by Min­is­ters David Parker and Damien O’Con­nor in the Waikato on Tues­day, has been de­vel­oped by a gov­er­nance group of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the pri­mary sec­tors, re­gional coun­cils and the pri­mary in­dus­tries and en­vi­ron­ment min­istries.

It tar­gets prac­tices around nutri­ent and ef­flu­ent man­age­ment.

‘‘It’s all aimed at en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery farmer and grower to adopt good prac­tice and put in place a Farm En­vi­ron­ment Plan that boosts wa­ter­way pro­tec­tion on farm, and at catch­ment level.

‘‘It also en­tails a sys­tem to mon­i­tor and re­port on progress.’’

Read about Clutha District farm­ers’ ef­forts to mon­i­tor wa­ter qual­ity, page 20


Ri­par­ian plant­ing in the Clutha District.

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