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Farmers Resolute In Their Opposition To Kyoto

26 June 2002
Farmers Remain Resolute In Their Opposition To Kyoto

Despite the Climate Change consultation round farmers remain resolute in their opposition to the New Zealand's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol before our major trading competitors, says Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson.

93% of respondents to a Federated Farmers' electronic survey do not support ratification of the Kyoto Protocol before New Zealand's major trading competitors. "This result reflects a similar survey conducted by the Federation in February, said Mr Polson.

85% of respondents are not prepared to contribute to a $20m levy per annum targeted at Research and Development to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions as proposed in the Government's Preferred Policy Package.

"Farmers remain unconvinced that the Government's reasons for ratification justify the action they propose given there is no sliver bullets on the horizon. Research takes time, the results are highly uncertain, and a thorough cost benefit analysis needs to be undertaken.

"Farmers take climate change very seriously, as they deal with it everyday. However, they are not prepared to compromise the future competitiveness of New Zealand by rushing into high cost, low impact solutions to give the Prime Minister a photo op."


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