The socialist Minister of Agriculture David Carter has been¬†telling fibs about the One Plan Decision. He has claimed ¬†that the One Plan Decision will cause on farm costs to rise¬†between 22-43%. He has been peddling some dodgy research¬†that was not held up by the Environment Court.
This is bullshit, and farmer and chair of Horizons, Bruce¬†Gordon, has issued the following statement.
Having been issued a copy of the report (Evaluation of the¬†impact of different water policy options for managing water¬†quality limits) this week, council chairman Bruce Gordon¬†said the report analyses different policy scenarios in the¬†Manawatu Catchment – none of which reflect the decisions¬†made by the Environment Court in relation to the One Plan or¬†outcomes sought through the One Plan.
“Landcare has indicated that none of the eight policy¬†scenarios evaluated in the report for the Manawatu are¬†comparable with the One Plan as decided by the Environment¬†Court.
The real numbers that David Carter cant seem to find are:
‚ÄúIn fact, the 43 per cent scenario highlighted in the¬†media in terms of impact on profit bears no relationship to¬†the context of the One Plan. I understand the scenario that¬†comes closest to the One Plan shows an impact on¬†profitability of less than 1 per cent.”
Mr Gordon said that this type of misinformation was¬†extremely disappointing and caused unnecessary distress on¬†the farming community.
David Carter needs to look at his officials that have¬†allowed him to mislead the media, farmers and the public¬†with shonky numbers. He should also be mindful that people who pretend to want to be Speaker need to be above reproach and telling fibs won’t help that.