Northland Farmers Offered Better OptionTuesday, Nov 11, 2003
Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) this week begins a major campaign to show Northland farmers the benefits of belonging to New Zealand's premier national farming organisation.
The campaign follows Federated Farmers of New Zealand’s announcement it is back in Northland and keen to provide members with the benefits of the national organisation.
FFNZ Field Officers from throughout New Zealand have this week begun visiting farmers in the Northland region. The field officers will be in the province for the next two weeks and will be based in various locations including Kerikeri, Dargaville, Kaitaia, and Whangarei.
Federated Farmers of New Zealand currently has in excess of 100 members in Northland but has not canvassed for members in the area for six years amid attempts to bring a small provincial farmers' organisation back into the Federation.
“We're here to show Northland farmers the advantages of belonging to the national collective voice for rural New Zealand, said Federation President Tom Lambie. Mr Lambie will participate in the membership drive for its first week.
“Never before have there been so many issues impacting on farmers’ ability to farm profitably and sustainably.
“Federated Farmers delivered to its members and the wider farming community a Government backdown on the proposed agricultural emissions research tax or F.A.R.T. tax. The Fight Against Ridiculous Taxes campaign mobilised farmer action throughout New Zealand and shows what can be achieved when the rural community works together.
“Federated Farmers of New Zealand needs the support of Northland farmers to ensure we continue to take the lead on issues impacting on rural communities,” concluded Mr Lambie.