Good farming practice plan a step forward for water quality
A plan to help farmers and growers reduce their impact on fresh water, through good farming practices, has been launched.
The Good Farming Practice: Action Plan for Water Quality commits to supporting all farmers and growers to implement good practice principles that will reduce their impact on our freshwater.
The Action Plan, jointly developed by primary sector groups, Regional Councils and the Ministries of Environment and Primary Industries, is a positive step by the primary sector towards improving the health of New Zealand’s waterways, Environment Minister David Parker said.
“This initiative sets out practical measures farmers and growers can take, and also commits them to monitoring and reporting on progress,” David Parker said.
“It is intended to ensure that all farmers adopt the good practices needed to protect our rivers.”
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said the Good Farming Practice principles in the Action Plan “are not a stretch for many farmers and growers”.
“The aim is that all farmers and growers develop and implement a farm environment plan that identifies the risk areas for water quality on their property and sets out the actions needed to address those risks,” Damien O’Connor said.
The Action Plan Governance Group includes representatives of Beef+Lamb NZ, Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers, Horticulture New Zealand, Irrigation New Zealand, Regional Councils and the Ministries for the Environment and Primary Industries.