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.