29 Jun 2012

New clean streams accord 'will curb Govt'

5:32 am on 29 June 2012

Federated Farmers' conference has heard that a new clean streams accord will limit the role of government and local bodies and include more industry groups.

A final report on the first accord is due at the end of the year. It was set up as a joint venture between Fonterra, the government and regional councils in 2003 in response to the dirty dairying campaign targetting pollution of waterways by dairy farming.

That accord set targets including the fencing off of all on-farm waterways, which Fonterra says has now been completed by 87% of dairy farmers.

Government figures reported a lower compliance rate.

Fonterra says it's now developed a new draft accord which it plans to finalise in August, but this time it's sought input from eight industry groups.

Its general manager of sustainability John Hutchings says that's important because the achievement of the accord can be measured by industry standards.

Mr Hutchings says riparian planting will be a key focus in the second clean streams accord.