HortNZ submits on proposed changes to the Canterbury Land and Water Plan

17 Sep 2019

Horticulture New Zealand’s submission on proposed changes to the Canterbury Land and Water Plan (Plan Change 7) focuses on ensuring commercial vegetable growing can continue in the region. 

‘Our submission centres on providing a workable resource consent pathway for commercial vegetable production, so Cantabrians can continue to buy fresh local vegetables,’ says HortNZ Environment Policy Adviser – South Island, Rachel McClung. 

‘We are also seeking a rule framework that recognises the low environmental impact of fruit growing.  At the same time, our submission supports the requirement for audited Farm Environment Plans as a tool to show good management practice.’  

Rachel says HortNZ has worked with other submitters to align concerns in order to have maximum impact and where appropriate, present a joint case.

‘We’d like to thank all the growers who attended our meetings at Pleasant Point, Ashburton and Rangiora, and those who have expressed their concerns directly.  Your input has helped us understand the issues and has ensured that our submission is comprehensive and compelling.’ 

To read HortNZ’s submission, please click here.