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FARMERS ARE feeling a little better about
the year to come, according to the latest
Rabobank rural confidence survey.
However, confidence remains in negative
territory for the fourth consecutive quarter.
The survey in late November -- before
Fonterra lifted the milk price to farmers --
shows 31 per cent of farmers expected the
rural economy to worsen in the coming year,
down from 44 per cent last survey and up
from 12 per cent at the same time last year.
Only 18 per cent expect an improvement,
compared with 33 per cent last year, alth-
ough this is a slight lift from the 15 per cent
expecting an improvement since the Sept-
Sheep and beef farmers were more pessi-
mistic than dairy farmers.
Rabobank New Zealand chief executive
Ben Russell said the survey results were not
surprising, given ongoing uncertainty in the
global economy and the high New Zealand
dollar were hurting farm gate prices.
However, those expecting an improvement
in the agricultural economy also mentioned
the drought in the US and globally tight food
supplies as having positive flow-on effects for
New Zealand exporters.
-- Fairfax NZ
ECan goes after
Watering: Irrigation sprinklers near Lincoln.
ENVIRONMENT CANTERBURY is
stepping up its efforts to ensure
water consent holders with takes of
20 litres a second or more are com-
plying with the November 10 govern-
ment deadline for the installation of
water measuring devices and data
loggers to better manage the
As of that date, only 56 per cent of
Canterbury's affected consent
holders had stepped up to the plate.
Thirty-two per cent had confirmed
they were installing a water mea-
suring system, while 12 per cent had
not responded to requests for infor-
Environment Canterbury director
of resource management Kim Drum-
mond says ECan is working with a
number of consent holders it had not
heard from and who were potentially
non-compliant with the new national
We launched a compliance pro-
gramme on November 12, starting
with a personalised letter reminding
consent holders of the requirement to
install a water measuring system,
and following with a phone call and
site visit from a compliance officer, if
required, at the consent holder's
cost,'' he said.
A few consent holders have
decided to surrender their consents;
another group is making an effort to
comply with the regulations as soon
as possible; and there is only a very
small number of consent holders who
have been unco-operative and are,
unfortunately, facing abatement
action unless they engage with our
compliance officers in the near
ECan's compliance programme
will continue next month, targeting
any remaining potentially non-
compliant 20-litres-per-second con-
sent holders. Consent holders with
takes between 10 and 20 litres per
second have until November 10, 2014
to comply, while the deadline for
those taking between five and 10
litres per second is November 10,
For more information visit: ecan.
govt.nz/watermetering or mfe.govt.
Emissions reporting looms
FOLLOWING RECENT amend-
ments to the Emissions Trading
Scheme, the agricultural sector's
liability to surrender carbon credits
for emissions has been indefinitely
However, while this deadline is
now no longer hanging over the sec-
tor, the obligation to report emis-
These first reports are due by
March 31, 2013, for emissions during
2012, and the Government has also
made some changes to the reporting
Dairy processors must now report
total tonnes of milk solids from cows
or heifers, although no reporting is
required for the processing of milk
from goats and sheep.
Meat processors must report total
tonnes of animals slaughtered by
species, except animals not for
human consumption, calves and
vealers, or layer hens.
Live animal exporting must also
be reported, but no reporting is
required for activities such as wool
and egg production.
These changes are largely con-
sistent with the consultation docu-
ment released by the Government in
the middle of the year,'' legal firm
Anderson Lloyd partner Lesley
One major difference is the
exclusion of slaughter of animals
other than for human consumption,
for example for pet food.''
She said the new emissions factors
will not only more accurately
account for the emissions of the vari-
ous sectors, but the exclusions will
also make reporting easier.
Despite the postponement of
liability under the scheme, it
remains important that New Zea-
land accurately measures emissions
from all major sources, so that
priorities for research can be appro-
priately allocated with a view to
reducing emissions in the future.''
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