Stuffed away in the Byzantine depths of the Budget is $10 million for the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme, basically RFIDing all our livestock.
This is a good thing, so consumers can have trust in NZ food, and so we can track and solve disease outbreaks faster. It means better and cheaper information back to farmers about how their stock are doing. It’s also going to get more important, coz we’re not just producing food here, plenty of nations can do that. We’re trying to produce in particular ways, whether that’s organic, grass-fed, low pesticide or whatever rich people want. This helps us show that the product on their plate meets those standards.
So what is Federated Farmers’ response? Grumpy and negative, just like always. This doesn’t help anyone, let along farmers. So why do Fed Farmers keep shooting themselves in the foot like this?
In other news, I have too much hair, and 86% of NZ’s population now counts as urban. Admittedly, ‘urban’ includes towns with more than 1000 people, so Shannon counts as urban, but even ignoring that, it’s around 75%.
Also, only 2% of people live in 50% of the land. Plenty of room for more suburbia then?
I’d post the plucking song, but I’m at work. It’s on youtube, and thanks to