I have been stewing on this for some time but it’s finally got the better of me. Ive spent my whole life on the land & 45 years farming on my own account. My sons now farm the same land as myself & my father but for the first time in my life I’m struggling to understand what the politicians who make the laws are trying to do to the farmers & people of New Zealand.
Why would we get laws that no one can make sense of ? This is how communism was explained to me as a child.
When a government tells you what to do & when to do it.
We have a law coming in on the 1st of September that will tell us that we have to have our crops sown by a certain date 1st of November for Otago Southland irrespective of the weather.
We will also have to get consent from most likely someone who has never been on the land to sow crops in order to feed the animals in the winter.
We are also told that if the stock pug more than 50% of the paddock or any part of the paddock to 20cm or more then we will be breaking the law & subject to prosecution, this is regardless of the weather. If it’s a wet winter this is impossible & no farmer in the south will be able to achieve this.
Why would anyone make a law knowing that the people it concerns have no way of complying with it.
As a member of the Pomahaka water care group I have already seen the massive amount of work & money farmers are pouring into improving water quality with very positive results.
Would it not be more value to New Zealand if farmers put the cost of getting consents into building sediment traps and planting out critical source areas.
Laws like this are not just a farmers problem, this should be of concern to all New Zealanders as this is simply an erosion of people’s freedoms and rights.
I don’t think we should sit back & accept this without some response.
Why don’t we do what the farmers would do in France & drive our tractors in a relay starting in Bluff & Cape Reinga 80-100km legs to parliament in Wellington to show how we feel.
Please share if this has merit.
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