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Friday 22nd February 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Water Quality Agreements For New Zealand

Water policy reforms have been agreed this week at both national and regional levels, hoping to minimise the environmental impact of New Zealand dairying in a move that will redefine farm management guidelines.

The new and improved Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord, leads on from the Clean Stream Accord of 2003 and provides a broader environmental scheme which will apply to all dairy producers, as opposed to the Fonterra-only Clean Stream Policy.

Originally introduced in 2003, the Clean Stream Accord, which expired last year, was signed by the Agriculture and Environment Ministers and dairy cooperative giant Fonterra.

The accord made significant steps in cleaning up New Zealand’s catchments and water courses over its 10-year tenure.

Fonterra has also announced a fencing initiative in conjunction with farm supplier, RD1 to run till 28 February. Aimed at further reducing the amount of stream pollution, the promotion consists of 50 per cent savings on fencing supplies.

Policy has brought progress. From 2003, waterway cattle exclusion rose to 87 per cent last year, up from 78 per cent on the 07/08 season. Bridge provision rose significantly with a nine per cent rise over the last four years of the accord.

Improvements have been noted regarding the treatment and control of effluent with 73 per cent of farms now in full compliance with regional council. ‘Nutrient budgets’ and ‘Nutrient plans’ are now on 99 per cent and 56 per cent of farms, respectively.

The accord hinges on five areas. Riparian management; cattle exclusion from water courses, and planting schemes; Nutrient Management; Effluent Management and Water use reduction.

The revitalised policy intends to build on progress already made by tackling non-compliance. Regions with the highest non-compliance figures are The Bay of Plenty (16 per cent) and Northland (27 per cent).

Elsewhere in New Zealand, agri-environment schemes like the Horizon’s One Plan and the recently ratified Rotorua agreement sit amongst a framework of policies aimed at increasing dairy farming sustainability.

The local Primary Producers Collective, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers have agreed with the regional council to reduce nutrient loading into Lake Rotorua over the next 20 years.

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord will be introduced on 1 August this year in time for the 2013/14 season.

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