Taranaki farmers are about halfway through a 17,500km fencing job along streams on their properties – the equivalent of NZ’s coast line.
The mass fencing and planting is part of a regional riparian management project to protect waterways on dairy farms.
A typical farm might have nearly 5km of stream, and the fencing and planting would cost about $10,000 a kilometre. The council helped by providing riparian management plans, and plants at cost price of $2.50 each.
It might be expensive but environmental protection and enhancement are a necessary part of modern farming.