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Farmers are under attack and the one-sided, opportunistic and unbalanced campaign against winter grazing needs to stop, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“This is about the welfare of our farmers, and I’m incredibly disappointed in the use of one-sided photos and videos in the media,” Mr Walker says.

“These photos and videos produced over the last couple of weeks are very emotive, and taken after heavy rainfall or flooding.”

“People looking at these photos and videos without knowing the full story, anyone would think what on earth is going on.”

“Ask anyone what town streets look like after floods and the water is muddy and brown and looks incredibly similar.”

“Some winter grazing practices need improvement, but these campaigns are having a hugely detrimental effect on farmers’ wellbeing and mental health, and causing great angst in the community.”

“I’m asking Southlanders to look out for each other and support one another.”

“This is an orchestrated attack on farmers, just weeks before David Parker’s water standards announcement is due and it is opportunistic and uncalled for.”

“Farmers are the backbone of this country and I worry how long they can continue to be the dartboard of water quality.”

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