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FF Applauds Govt Help For Chemical Dump Families

Federated Farmers Applauds Government Help For Chemical Dump Families

Federated Farmers today applauded the Government's announcement that it will begin negotiations on repurchasing land containing DDT and dieldrin from three farming families in Southland.

The three families had purchased the land, originally owned by the Lands and Survey Department, without realising that chemicals, including dieldrin and DDT, had been dumped there.

"The Prime Minister and Hon Paul Swain have exhibited exemplary leadership and compassion with their decision to help these families, after many years of inaction. The Government had a responsibility to fix the problems caused by the Lands and Survey Departments actions, and negotiations are the first steps to a much-needed solution," said Chief Executive Tony St. Clair.

"The Prime Minister met the families in Southland in late July at Federated Farmers' request, and quickly appreciated that the Government needed to take action. Today's announcement is the beginning of the Government putting right a very unfair situation."

"Since the dump sites were first identified in 1993, these farmers have had an extremely difficult time. It has been very stressful nine years for them as their land was essentially valueless. I hope that they can swiftly reach satisfactory agreements with the Crown, and move on with their lives," Mr St. Clair commented.

"Federated Farmers leadership in both Southland and nationally, are very glad to see the beginning of an end to this problem."

"John Morrison, President of Federated Farmers Southland, has acted as a catalyst in participating this result on behalf of his members and must also be commended," he concluded.


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