Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Fonterra Remains Committed to Improving Water Quality

20 February 2013


Fonterra Remains Committed to Improving Water Quality


Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited is right behind the dairy industry’s new Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord (SDWA), having spent the last nine years working to improve water quality through the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord (DCSA).

During the DCSA period reported improvements are as follows:
• Farms with Stock excluded from waterways from 67% to 87%
• Farms with race crossing points with bridges or culverts from 92% to 99%
• Farms with dairy effluent treated and discharged in compliance with Regional Council Resource Consent from 67% to 73%
• Farms with nutrient budgets from 17% to 99%

“Clearly, there’s more work to do – particularly on effluent management which is behind where we need it to be. But it’s important to give credit to Fonterra farmers for the work already done,” says Fonterra Co-operative Affairs Managing Director Todd Muller.

“Our farmers have invested millions of dollars over the past nine years on environmental improvements. A new effluent system alone can cost up to $150,000. Clearly this is a huge commitment, but our farmers have stumped up because they know it’s important.

Mr Muller says with the end of the DCSA, the new Sustainable Dairying Water Accord means the whole industry will join Fonterra farmers in making a collective effort to improve the health of waterways in New Zealand.

“We welcome this collective commitment. It’s a significant step forward.

“The SDWA recognises, as we do, that caring for our waterways is an ongoing responsibility. Our Fonterra farmers are continuing their sustained effort, working towards specific targets and requirements in our conditions of supply. Many are already there,” says Mr Muller.

“Fonterra has also worked with them, increasing our Sustainable Dairying Advisory team from four to 17 and providing targeted, practical information.”

Commenting specifically on the exclusion of cattle from waterways, Mr Muller says: “In the past there has been some confusion about what needs to be fenced. But going forward we are getting really clear on this. It is now part of every farmer’s annual Farm Dairy and Environmental assessment and our conditions of supply require all Accord-type waterways to be fenced by the end of this year.”

Mr Muller says Fonterra is right behind the new Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord because it binds together the entire industry in a targeted and transparent effort to do what is right for the protection of New Zealand’s water resources.

“While the targets may seem ambitious, our experience with the DCSA shows that given access to the right information and support, change can be introduced, our impact on the environment can be reduced and we can protect the New Zealand dairy industry’s reputation here and overseas.”

– ENDS –

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Efficiency: Businesses And Households To Save From New Energy Plans

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news