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New dairy accord a ‘positive step’

The new Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord released at Parliament today is a “positive step” on the road towards an environmentally sustainable dairy sector, says Waikato Regional Council.

“This accord adds value to existing moves in the Waikato to improve water quality, particularly the efforts to reduce the impacts of agricultural nutrients on our waterways,” said council chief executive Bob Laing, who sat on the Dairy Environment Leadership Group which helped shape the accord.

“The new accord supports the wide-ranging and inter-related work of the likes of the regional council, iwi, the Waikato River Authority, local councils, farmers and farming organizations, and other stakeholders to make our waterways cleaner.

“The reality is that going forward a financially sustainable dairy sector must be an environmentally sustainable one.”

Mr Laing said the regional council was working on a variety of fronts to improve water quality, including looking at a regional plan change covering the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

“Protecting water quality, which is very important to the community, is a huge part of the council’s work and it’s great to see the very co-operative approach that’s now being taken nationally and around the Waikato region towards this goal.”

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