Northland Farm Environment Plan workshops
Northland Farm Environment Plan workshops for outdoor vegetable growers are now complete.
HortNZ, Vegetables New Zealand (VNZI), and Northern Wairoa Vegetable Growers Association (NWVGA) offered workshops to outdoor vegetable growers in Northland in July and August, using the NZGAP Environment Management System (EMS) add-on.
Why are Farm Environment Plans needed?
Farm Environment Plans help growers assess the environmental risks of their growing operations on freshwater and freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater refers to water from rivers, lakes, streams, groundwater, some wetlands, and other sources.
Farm Environment Plans will need to have a freshwater module that meets the new national freshwater farm plan regulation. The draft regulations are expected to be released by Government mid-2021. HortNZ will be preparing a submission in consultation with growers and affiliated organisations.
The Northland Regional Council’s regional plans include objectives, policies and rules to manage the natural resources across the region.