Wednesday, July 6, 2022

My Daily Digest: May 20, 2021

Budget’s rural focus lacking   Budget 2021 has just been announced but there are slim pickings for rural communities. There’s money for health, which should benefit the regions and also a big boost for beneficiaries, which will put more money into rural towns and hopefully keep them safer as more people keep their heads above water.

The headline boost for farm-ers is the $37m towards a national integrated farm planning system.

That’s good news for farmers worried about how they’ll meet all the new regulations.

But farming families would have been hoping for money to train more people to work in the primary industries, especially after the tweak to immigration policy earlier in the week.

They would have been looking for more incentives to make the land more climate friendly.

It’s also great news that profits from the ETS will be cycled back into climate-reducing initiatives, but the detail on that isn’t apparent just yet.

Farmers helped NZ get through covid-19 and while returns are pretty good right now, there are many issues to be overcome. 

Let’s hope help is still on the way.


Bryan Gibson


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