Yesterday’s announcement from the Environment Minister brings with it a question mark about the future of farming in Southland, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.
“The Environment Minister’s water announcement yesterday puts farmers in an incredibly difficult position and some will be questioning their future in the industry,” Mr Walker says.
“This is a slap in the face for our Southland farmers who have worked tirelessly and poured blood, sweat and tears into improving water quality in the region.”
“Farmers have done an incredible job in leading the way in improving water quality but this announcement proves this counts for nothing with this Government.”
“The economic impact of yesterday’s announcement has the ability to cripple not only the southern economy but the entire countries.”
“Farmers have been and always will be the first to put their hands up and say we can do more, but yesterday’s announcement is forcing their hand.”
“There is no acknowledgment of the improvement and instead farmers are now being told to remedy decades of impact in an incredibly short timeframe of only five years.”
“Farmers should hold their heads up high for what they have achieved in the water quality space in such a short period of time and know that I and many other New Zealander’s fully support them even is this Government does not.”