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Waimea Freshwater Farm Plan prepares growers for upcoming freshwater requirements

More than 40 New Zealand growers attended the Freshwater Farm Plan meeting last Wednesday, to hear about what they’ll need to do to meet new freshwater requirements.

HortNZ environmental policy advisor, Jordyn Landers: “It was a great showing of growers from the Waimea Plains. The meeting was to prepare them for the upcoming freshwater requirements. It was also to give the community confidence that growers are using industry good or best practice standards.”

HortNZ is offering free Freshwater Farm Plan workshops to NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P. certified growers on the Waimea Plains.

“Growers were very receptive to the workshops and what they need to do. It’s all about social licence, being proactive and doing your bit to improve freshwater quality. We are wanting growers to sign up to the NZGAP Environment Management System (EMS), attend the upcoming workshops, and work towards getting their Freshwater Farm Plan audited by early 2022.

“Freshwater Farm Plans are the solution for improving water quality. If growers don’t take the opportunity to be proactive and create a Freshwater Farm Plan, they could have prescriptive environmental measures imposed on them.”

Source: hortnz.co.nz


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