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96% Of Farmers Oppose Ratifying Kyoto Protocol

96% Of Farmers Oppose Ratification Of Kyoto Protocol

With one in every three submissions coming from individual farmers on the Government’s climate change consultation paper late last year Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) was prompted to conduct a survey of some of its 17,000 members throughout New Zealand.

The aim of the survey was to gauge farmer reaction in respect to the Government’s stated intent to ratify the Kyoto Protocol at the Rio +10 World Earth Summit in Johannesburg later this year.

“The overwhelming response of farmers surveyed clearly shows that there are grave concerns among the farming community with the Government’s seemingly premature intent to ratify the Kyoto Protocol” said Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson.

96.2% of farmers surveyed oppose the Government ratifying the Kyoto Protocol whilst significant uncertainties remain in New Zealand agriculture’s contribution to climate change.

96.8% of farmers surveyed oppose the Government ratifying the Kyoto Protocol without having first worked out its strategy to meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

96.4% of farmers surveyed oppose the Government ratifying the Kyoto Protocol before our key trading partners.

“The results of this survey and the high proportion of farmer submissions to Government clearly highlights that climate change and the Kyoto Protocol is being taken seriously by farmers in New Zealand.”

“This is in light of the relatively recent entry of agriculture into the climate change policy process. Where other sectors have been involved for a number of years, the agriculture sector has been playing catch-up since April of last year.”

“There is no point in rushing into potentially high cost / low impact action where a more cautious approach could allow time to develop potentially low cost / high impact options.”

“For the Government to consider ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, before clearly outlining the implications of meeting New Zealand’s obligations under the Protocol, flies in the face of rational policy-making.” concluded Mr Polson.

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