Farmer protest group Groundswell are expanding into Canterbury and the West Coast after hosting meetings there to discuss new rules introduced by the Government in the agriculture sector.
Groundswell spokesperson Bryce McKenzie said the group was now looking for regional co-ordinators in those areas to help share information and keep farmers informed as the group’s protest actions unfolded.
“Following these meetings Groundswell will be implementing a range of actions to support the call for halting the regulations,’’ McKenzie said.
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At the latest meetings, farmer and environmentalist Jane Smith and Jamie McFadden of the Rural Advocacy Network based in Canterbury were the guest speakers.
It has also circulated a nationwide petition against the freshwater rules, which the group says are ”unworkable.’’
New rules around winter grazing, which were introduced as part of the freshwater rules, have been deferred by Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor until May 1 next year, to give farmers more time to develop, test and deploy new practices.
The rules were introduced to improve freshwater quality in a generation, but they will lead to more compliance and monitoring for farmers.