National's agriculture policy
31st Oct 08, 8:30am
Farmers should find favour with most of National's promises in its recently released agricultural policy and the party is also confident its push for an emissions trading scheme (ETS) won't bleed rural support. Agriculture spokesman David Carter and leader John Key were in Hastings late last week to outline the party's pledges to the rural electorate. Rural News reports the policy includes: "¢ï€ Rejigging the detested RMA to "˜cut costs, confusion and delays' to primary sector expansion. "¢ï€ Supporting private property rights over access issues. "¢ï€ Strong backing for the continued public funding of agricultural R&D, on par with the Government's Fast Forward fund. "¢ï€ A major investment in rural broadband. "¢ï€ Continued support of rural schools and education.