Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


FFNZ Call For End To Ad Hoc Policies On Emissions

01 August 2001

FFNZ Call For An End To Ad Hoc Policies On Emissions

Federated Farmers of New Zealand President Alistair Polson has expressed concern at comments by the Hon Pete Hodgson earlier today that suggest the Government is now looking at production levies to address greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

"FFNZ welcomes the move away from methane taxes," said Mr Polson. "However it is disturbing to have the Minister comment on policy options when key issues in the over-arching policy are yet to be addressed."

"Farmers need to know how the Government intends to allocate emissions credits from the initial assigned amount. Farmers also need to know whether the responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions will lie with Government or instead be allocated among the sectors."

"The Minister's comments are indicative of the piecemeal approach to the development of climate change policy. The many Government departments involved have from the beginning developed policy options in isolation from the over-arching policy. The promotion of levies on agricultural production is a testament to this."

"Only as recently as 21 May 2001, the Minister stated in a press release that the Government had no plans to introduce a tax on farm production. FFNZ has always opposed the introduction of additional costs to production that would undermine the international competitiveness of our agricultural exports." concluded Mr Polson.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news