Green Party: Nitrate pollution levy for dairy farmers

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Section
Politics,
Publish Date
Saturday, 2 September 2017, 10:10AM
Green Party leader James Shaw. (Photo: File)
Green Party leader James Shaw. (Photo: File)

The Green Party will put a nitrate pollution levy on dairy farmers, to pay for the clean up of the country's rivers.

It's just announced its plan for healthy rivers and sustainable dairying at an organic farm in the Wairarapa.

 

The levy is expected to raise around $136.5 million in the first year, which will be spent on sustainable farming projects, on preventing pollution in our waterways, and reducing risk for farmers wanting to transition to organic and environmentally-sustainable production.

Leader James Shaw said scientists and environmentalists are telling us we must reduce the number of cows on our farms to clean up the environment.

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