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Fed Farmers say Government’s emission pricing plan is ‘tone-deaf’

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Federated Farmers are standing up and saying ‘no’ to the Government’s emission pricing plan, Federated Farmers President Wayne Langford says.

“The announcement made [yesterday] afternoon is completely tone-deaf to the reality rural New Zealanders are living with,” Langford said.

“At a time when farmers are struggling to keep their heads above water and are looking for support, they’re instead being weighed down with more uncertainty, complexity, and cost.

“Farmer confidence is at an all-time low, and this announcement is going to do nothing to help restore it. It will only erode it further.”

Lamb prices have dropped 25% in the last 12 months, and the milk price has dropped from $9.30 to a forecast $6.75 this morning.

“Federated Farmers agreed to try and work with the Government and other sector partners to develop a plan to reduce emissions in the way that is cost effective and fair for farmers,” Langford said.

“The sector presented a credible plan 18 months ago, but we had nothing but radio silence from Government who have now compressed timelines and put themselves under pressure.

“What the Government have come back with is not a plan that’s been designed in partnership with the sector – it’s the Government plan and we have serious concerns about the impact it will have on New Zealand farmers.

“According to the Government’s own modelling it will lead to a 20% reduction in sheep and beef farming, and a 5% reduction in dairy production.

“That’s the last thing the country needs in our current economic climate, and is not something Federated Farmers would ever be willing to support.

“Federated Farmers had three clear bottom lines that needed to be met and what the Government has put forward today falls well short of meeting them,” Langford concluded.

ACT say they will ‘end the war on farming’

“Trust Labour and the Greens to escalate their war on farmers with new bureaucracy and new taxes at a time when meat and dairy prices have fallen steeply. ACT will end the war on farmers and give them the respect they deserve,” say ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron and ACT candidate Andrew Hoggard.

“In 57 days, farmers can have certainty that He Waka Eke Noa will be gone and they can carry on farming without the threat of emissions taxes hanging over their business. They need not only to remove a Government committed to sacrificing them to the climate gods, but also need a strong ACT in Government”, says Mr Cameron.

“Farmers in countries who are our biggest trading partners are not paying a price for their methane emissions. Under ACT, New Zealand farmers wouldn’t either.

“ACT has led the way standing up for farmers in Parliament. ACT was the only party to vote against the Zero Carbon Act. We were the only party willing to oppose He Waka Eke Noa from the beginning. We alone stood up for licensed firearms owners. We’ve consistently opposed the Government’s freshwater rules, Significant Natural Areas, fertiliser tax, the live animal export ban, the ute tax, and more.

“The stakes are high, the risk of shooting ourselves in the foot is very real. If we set more aggressive targets than other countries, it will not only harm the economy but also force activity to less efficient jurisdictions, increasing global emissions. That is why it is such a high priority for ACT to ensure New Zealand farmers aren’t sacrificed to the climate gods as Labour wants them to be.

ACT would:

  • Scrap the Zero Carbon Act and tie any emissions price to that of our five main trading partners with the caveat that if farmers in countries who are our biggest trading partners are not paying a price for their methane emissions, neither should New Zealand farmers.
  • Implement a genuine split gas approach, acknowledging the fundamental difference between methane from livestock (a short-lived greenhouse gas) and carbon dioxide (a near permanent greenhouse gas).
  • Remove barriers stalling the uptake of emissions reducing technologies and ensure farmers can offset all on-farm sequestration from their emissions liability.

“That is what Real Change looks like. Only ACT opposed the Zero Carbon Act. We’ve said from the start that the legislation is cumbersome and bureaucratic and will allow Governments to micromanage the economy at great cost,” says Mr Hoggard.

“ACT’s policy means New Zealand’s agriculture industry remains in step with the rest of the world without taking all the risks. Labour’s approach is only ‘global leadership’ in the sense that it is showing the rest of the world what not to do.

“Overseas customers are demanding that products have lower emissions intensity. Luckily New Zealand farmers have the world’s best emissions intensity for dairy and meat products. There will be ongoing pressure to improve that performance, but improvements are occurring constantly and will speed up as technology is made available.

“New Zealand farmers are the best in the world, and they’ve had to confront plenty of challenges recently. But they shouldn’t have to face challenges from their own Government, too. Bureaucracy and regulation are crushing the rural sector. ACT understands why rural New Zealand is angry with Wellington. We are proud to be the voice for rural New Zealand.”

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  1. Maybe stop trying to negotiate with tyrants?

    Maybe take a page out of the Dutch farmers book?

    Maybe instead of nitpicking spurious and ever-changing regulations you should stop legitimising it and just call the entire bullsh!t scheme out for what it really is? Refuse and reject ALL of it.


    Jesus Christ

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    John F. Clauser, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum mechanics, has decided to sign the World Climate Declaration of Clintel with its central message “there is no climate emergency”.
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    A global network of over 1609 scientists and professionals has prepared this urgent message. Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.


    • National will do exactly the same, so would Winston despite what he may say. They all work for the same masters. The entire election is one big pantomime.

  3. They are tone deaf on human tights, including the right to choose what you inject into your own body, tone deaf on free speech, no surprises they are tone deaf on farming too, but they WILL hear us this election….and hopefully no one will hear from them thereafter….they day Labour ceases to exist as a political party will be a fine day for New Zealand….

  4. It’s all about consolidation. 195 countries consolidated to one worldwide government. Thousands of Independent farmers eliminated, large corporate farms. Populations consolidated into 15 minute cities, control of information. It’s not the daily squabbling, it’s the longer term implications.


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