30 Nov 2008

Decision to be made on appeal against Taupo farming rule

12:16 pm on 30 November 2008

Federated Farmers says a decision on whether to appeal against an Environment Court ruling that requires Taupo farmers to seek resource consent to farm, will be made early this week.

The court backed a plan by the Waikato Regional Council, known as variation five, to impose controls on farms surrounding Lake Taupo in a bid to protect the lake from nitrogen run-off.

The council intends to make livestock farming a controlled activity under the Resource Management Act.

A spokesperson for Federated Farmers says an appeal is likely.

Any appeal must be filed by Wednesday, 3 December.