“On the final day of the election campaign ACT is still hearing from farmers who are upset with National, especially with their policy to legislate and make farmers do what they have voluntarily agreed to do; that is to fence off their waterways.
It seems a cynical and cheap shot by National to buy urban votes” said ACT Party Primary Industry spokesman Don Nicolson.
“Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers boss, is right to caution the primary industry of his concern about downright awful permutations over Ministerial roles should the 'left' cabal seize power after September 20,” Don Nicolson ACT primary industry spokesperson says.
“A cursory read of Federated Farmers 2014 election manifesto shows their key policy aspiration was nothing much new, but perhaps that’s to be expected from an apolitical lobby group, not a political party, ” ACT primary industry spokesman and former Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson says.
“Riparian fencing and planting are not the total solution to nitrate run off,” said ACT Rural Spokesman Don Nicolson.
“This is because the nitrates permeate into ground water and the water runs below the root depth of vegetation on the riparian strip. This accounts for the majority of the nitrate that runs into fresh water. It follows that most of the nitrate will not be stopped by the Greens' policy. Planting and fencing is a lot of expense to go to when no one has really quantified whether it will be effective enough.
ACT wants politicians to stop meddling in private property Press Release, Don Nicolson
“With the news about a pending sale of privately owned Lochinver Station to Shanghai Pengxin once again stirring anti-foreigner feeling, politicians must show respect for private property”, ACT’s Primary industry spokesman Don Nicolson says.
With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next parliament.
“If Dr Smith is sincere about his recollection of a discussion with Mr Johnston recently, then it is clear he needs the legislative privilege of Fish and Game reviewed,” says Mr Nicolson.
The recent Bay Of Plenty Times report, 'New Fraud Crisis for Zespri' shows why ACT has remained so staunch about the need to have a Ministerial inquiry launched into the behaviour of the state-sanctioned kiwifruit marketing monopoly Zespri, says ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson.
The article, which explores invoicing irregularities in Zespri’s Taiwan market, highlights serious problems within Zespri - problems which were initially brought to the Government's attention by ACT some 18 months ago.