22 Jul 2011

Pat on the back for Manawatu farmers

12:53 pm on 22 July 2011

Manawatu-Rangitikei Regional Council says farmers need to be congratulated for their efforts in the past year, to improve the quality of rivers and streams in the region.

Chief executive Michael McCartney says that between the council and landowners, 112km of banks have been fenced.

That's almost double what was achieved the previous year.

He says fencing to keep stock out of waterways will have a significant impact on improving water quality.

Mr McCartney says farmers have also made a lot of effort to plant riparian margins of farms, which helps filter nutrients that would otherwise enter rivers and streams.