Farming for the future

Federated farmers provincial president Will Foley writes that the Ruataniwha water Storage Project  will provide a future for our children and our children’s children.

He concludes:

If we focus on what we are good at, producing high quality food and beverages, then our future is strong because the global demand for quality primary goods is strong. Our climate and landscape makes the Hawke’s Bay a brilliant destination for tourists for the same reasons I live here. I farm on the plains, I tramp in the Ruahines and I fish out at sea. I have a vested interest in enhancing all aspects of the Hawke’s Bay economy and its environment; we can have the best of both worlds.

But we now stand at a cross-road. Shutting down farming won’t get us a pristine environment because we humans have been modifying it for over a thousand years. How bad things would get without the jobs, wealth and infrastructure the primary industries brings in, is as clear as the nose on my face. Those left would be bombarded by more burglaries, more home invasions and a worse environment. Alternatively, we can have farming taken to a new level where farms are highly productive, adaptive to new technologies and a changing climate, as well as being environmentally responsible stewards of the land. That’s the progressive Hawke’s Bay I want for my children and my children’s children.

Everything we do impacts on the environment.

Leaving it all to nature doesn’t necessarily help as successive droughts have shown and all the impacts from human endeavour aren’t negative.

The solution to those that are isn’t to stop progress but to encourage it in a sustainable way,

That will provide economic development, create more jobs and do so in a way that protects and enhances the environment.

3 Responses to Farming for the future

  1. robertguyton says:

    Smith’s in deep trouble over this. The whole project is coming under scrutiny because of that and people are questioning the drive to engineer water security.

  2. Denny says:

    Media attention isn’t about stopping farming. It’s about the possibility that a Minister has attempted to modify submissions from Ministries and has he put pressure on other Ministries? It turns out that Ministry of Environment, responsible for water quality and having previously declared this a waterway of national significance, has not made a submission. The spotlight is rightly on Smith

  3. robertguyton says:

    Parliament TV today. Well worth a look.

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