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Selwyn Times: May 02, 2017

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2 Tuesday [Edition datE] May 2 2017 26 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Construction starts on next stage of Central Plains Water Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy Resource Management Consultants Resource Consents - Groundwater - Surface Water - Effluent Discharge - Effluent Storage - Gravel Extraction - Consents Compliance • Advocacy • Aquifer Testing • Due Diligence • Feasibility • Flow Monitoring • Farm Environment Plans 92 Williams St, Kaiapoi. Ph: 03 375 5015 www.bowden.co.nz Prime Minister Bill English and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy were in Darfield on April 20 for the ribbon-cutting to signal the start of construction of Stage 2 of Central Plains Water, which will have the capacity to irrigate an additional 20,000 hectares. “This will be a real boost to the Canterbury regional economy with around 1130 new jobs expected as a result. A reliable source of water gives farmers certainty and options to invest in mixed farming operations including arable, sheep and beef finishing, dairy farming and horticulture,” Mr Guy said. “Importantly, it also has many environmental benefits. Using alpinesourced water rather than ground water is environmentally beneficial for Canterbury as it reduces pressure on aquifers, which are needed to replenish flows in lowland streams. “Replacing groundwater with river and stored alpine river water has the potential to improve water flows into Lake Ellesmere - Te Waihora, helping the long-term process Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres › Motorbike WOF’s & Repairs › Courtesy Cars Available Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com of improving its water quality. “For any farm to qualify for scheme water it has to prepare a plan with a nutrient budget and meet high standards.” Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL) has committed to providing a $65 million secured loan to CPW to partfund Stage 2 of the CPW Scheme. Crown Irrigation’s partial funding of Stage 2 means that the project can be future-proofed for long-term demand. CIIL invested $6.5 million into CPW Stage 1, which has since been fully repaid, and full repayment is expected for the Stage 2 investment as well. A new Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) project “SMART Tools and Tips for Irrigators” is aimed at improving management practices for irrigators to deliver better environmental and economic outcomes. The funding is for $294,400 and will be led by Irrigation New Zealand. Another new SFF project led by Federated Farmers will be looking at the impacts of irrigation on soil water holding properties. This project, worth $295,950, will help both farmers and regional councils by enabling more effective and efficient use of irrigation water, reduced drainage and reduced loss of soluble nutrients. While in the region Mr Guy also visited the Hinds/Hekeao Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) project site near Ashburton. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday [Edition May datE] 2 2017 27 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE New Zealand vets back antibiotic use reduction World Veterinary Day (WVD) took place globally on April 29, 2017. The theme this year was Antimicrobial Resistance: From awareness to action. The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) says it is well placed to discuss this concerning and challenging issue that the World Health Organisation has named one of the greatest global health challenges we face. NZVA chief executive Mark Ward says the New Zealand Veterinary Association is taking a strong position on Antimicrobial Resistance. “Our goal is that by 2030 New Zealand Inc. will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and welfare,” Mr Ward says. “It’s an aspirational goal. It’s big. But this is an enormous issue facing us, New Zealand’s veterinarians want to do their part to reduce our dependency on these critical medicines and preserve their use for as long as possible. “We knew that finding alternatives, lateral thinking, and collaboration would be key to finding solutions to antibiotic resistance. And that’s what we’re doing, with the backing of vets, government and industry across the country.” The veterinary profession’s aspirational goal was launched by the NZVA in July 2015. They are working collaboratively with a range of organisations – from the Ministry of Health and Ministry for Primary Industries to DairyNZ and Pork New Zealand, to promote the responsible use of antibiotics in animals to ensure their continued effectiveness in safeguarding both animal and human health. “We’ve received strong support for our vision,” Mr Ward says. “We’re now exploring strategies to address antibiotic resistance; this could be an innovation opportunity for New Zealand – it should be seen in terms of opportunity. “New Zealand has some of the lowest rates of antibiotic use in animals for food production in the world. We are the thirdlowest user of antimicrobials globally. But we don’t want to be complacent. It’s important we continue this momentum.” A 2015 PwC report, commissioned by the NZVA, found that as one of the three lowest users of antibiotics to treat animals in the OECD, New Zealand could increase the value of its exports with reducedantibiotic livestock systems and scientific innovations. “Very few public health issues are of greater importance than antimicrobial resistance in terms of their impact on society,” Mr Ward says. Effective antibiotics have been a key factor in living longer and healthier. Addressing antimicrobial resistance is a community issue and we’re tackling it as a community - veterinarians, doctors, farmers, animal owners (pets and equine) and industry stakeholders. Organic Training College LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS Start a career in organics. Reduce your footprint and produce a regular supply of your own fruit and vegetables. COURSES (All fees under $500) Year 1 Introduction to Organics 44 weeks Starts August 2017 (Lincoln campus) Year 2 Applied Organics 46 weeks Starts August 2017 (Lincoln campus) Programme information college@bhu.org.nz | 03 325 3684 | www.bhu.org.nz GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Rural Section Roundwood Farm posts Deer Fencing Post and Rail Fencing Yarding Timber Oregon Rails Oregon Gates Sheep and Deer Netting Gallagher Strainrite Fencing Systems HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032