Views
4 months ago

Selwyn Times: August 01, 2018

2 [Edition datE]

2 [Edition datE] Wednesday August 1 2018 22 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Minister shares in celebration of good farming practice Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O’Connor was in Canterbury last Tuesday, where he met Environment Canterbury representatives and farming leaders to celebrate good farming practice. Minister O’Connor said the Government had laid down clear bottom lines on water quality and welcomed the increased awareness and huge amount of mitigation taking place. “Farming in tune with the environment shows consumers that their food is produced by people who care and forms part of the social licence that allows landowners to operate,” the Minister said. Environment Canterbury councillor Tom Lambie said the Good Management Practice (GMP) “journey” started in Canterbury some years ago, and was marketed at national level by the launch in June of the Good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality. “Now is a good time to take stock and recognise just how far we’ve come,” Mr Lambie said. “It is four years since Industry Agreed Good Management Practices Relating to Water Quality were introduced by the primary sectors in Canterbury with a view to national adoption. The Canterbury journey was illustrated by a visit to an inter-generational dairy farm near Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere where innovation and sustainable management have led to an impressive value-added story, and a series of presentations. Mr Lambie, who chaired the original group that guided the work informing the Good Management Practices each sector developed, said all the key elements of the journey were on show – continuous improvement, targeted rules and smarter tools. “Collaboration has been key to our success at every stage,” Mr Lambie said. “For example, practices introduced by the primary sectors were a prime example of collaboration to help address our challenging water quality issues. The work of our water Visiting the Legg Farm near Te Waihora were from left: Our Land & Water Science Challenge representative Ken Taylor, one of the farmers, chief operating officer Environment Canterbury Nadeine Dommisse, Environment Canterbury councillor Tom Lambie, MPI representative Steve Penno, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor. zone committees around the region since the Canterbury Water Management Strategy started in 2010 is another.” Good management practice should be the minimum standard for the primary sector, Mr Lambie said. “It is what every farmer would reasonably expect from their peers. They are now identifying the environmental risks and acting to manage them. “Farm environment plans (FEPs) are central to this. We already have more than 3000 FEPs throughout the region, a rigorous auditing regime providing assurance, and land use consents being required of farmers in high-risk areas. Nitrogen loss limits are set in consents. “We welcome every opportunity to showcase all the good work that is happening in Canterbury, and today’s activities have given us that chance in a very practical way,” Mr Lambie said. ROLLESTON LAW • Bulk Cartage • Fertiliser, Grains, Aggregates • Blower Units for all Farm supplies* *Ask for us when ordering • Mini Readymix Concrete* *up to 3m loads • Civil Works & Site Excavations • Bulk Liquids & Tractor Units Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 Richard Gray E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz Anita Molloy-Roberts E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz Kate Warren E: kcw@meareswilliams.co.nz 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Wednesday August [Edition 1 datE] Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 2018 233 SELWYN RURAL LIFE Feds support emission reduction but say road map needed Moves to significantly reduce emissions and meet Paris Agreement commitments are supported by Federated Farmers, but this should not be at the expense of New Zealanders’ economic and social wellbeing, the organisation says. “We need that clear road map to a low net emissions economy and a long-term plan of action that endures political cycles. But New Zealand should not lock itself into an inflexible approach that disadvantages us more than other nations,” Feds climate Andrew Hoggard change spokesperson Andrew Hoggard said. “In the decades to 2050 we’ll also be grappling with the major cost implications of an ageing population. We must have regard for the impact various ‘net zero’ options would have on emissions prices and on GDP, jobs and incomes.” In its submission on the Zero Carbon Bill, Federated Famers said the best option of the three put forward in the Our Climate Your Say discussion paper was the “two baskets” approach that focused on reductions in longlived greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide) while stabilising short-lived emissions (methane). “New Zealand’s primary industries earned 64 per cent of our total merchandise export income in 2017/18, not to mention the several billion dollars of food produced for domestic consumption,” Mr Hoggard said. “We have an unsubsidised but highly efficient agricultural sector, which is markedly exposed to competition from moderately to highly subsidised producers in other nations. “Successive governments have worked hard to remove barriers to trade. It would be counterproductive for future governments to impose costs on our producers that would undermine those trade gains. “The wrong policies could reduce our emissions-efficient food production, a gap that will be filled by much less emissionsefficient producers overseas. We lose economically, and so does the planet in terms of global warming and climate change.” The Federation’s submission said regardless of which 2050 target is adopted, agricultural biological emissions should not come under the ETS until cost-effective mitigations are available to farmers and our international competitors make similar moves. It also noted the great potential for forest and other woody vegetation to sequest carbon, including establishment of new commercial forests, farm woodlots, shelter belts, slope stability, erosion control planting and riparian planting. “But there’s a warning with this,” Mr Hoggard said. Diesel Blower Heaters ”We’re very concerned about the potential for climate change policy to drive largescale land use change from sheep and beef farming to forestry, when it’s farming that underpins the social, economic and employment viability of rural communities.” The notion that foresters will want to plant on marginal land was “highly questionable” he said. “Resource management, health and safety and economic factors are shifting new Lifestyle fencing now sold at canterbury timber and Hardware please call in for your free quote today! Your Local Timber Merchant NEW ENTRANCE: 167 Manion Road, Rolleston Jason Pester P 03 347 7465 F 03 347 7032 E jason@cthl.co.nz Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Saturday: 8am-12pm canterbury c t H timber & Hardware commercial forestry planting to land that is easy to maintain, and close to transport and processing infrastructure – the sort of land currently farmed. “When plantation forestry is harvested on steep, highly erodible land, land users and communities downstream are highly vulnerable to catastrophically destructive and costly debris flow damage – just think of recent events at Motueka and Tologa Bay.” We are here new product • An industrial diesel powered blower heater, which is ideal for warming a large area. • Clean burning technology and diesel economy allow it to operate for up to 14 hours on a single tank. • Designed especially to keep operation noise to an absolute minimum. • Plug the heater into a standard three pin plug power point and turn the thermostat to the desired heat setting and the burner starts automatically and will continue operation until it reaches the preset heat setting, automatically turning itself off and on as required to maintain the temperature. • A truly powerful, versatile and economical heater 30 kW - $795.00 GST incl 50 kW - $895.00 GST incl BUY DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER! Lifestyle Tractors & Machinery Ltd • www.lifestyletractors.co.nz Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email. tractors@lifestyletractors.co.nz Selwyn Auto • All residential and light commercial drainage • Septic Tank Systems • Alterations • Excavations • Canterbury Wide • Free Quotes M: 027 437 2468 | E: office@dynamicdrainage.co.nz | W: www.dynamicdrainage.co.nz PO Box 86024, Rolleston West, Rolleston 7658 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