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North Canterbury dryland farmers presented the North Canterbury Landcare Manual to the Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee at their meeting on 21 March 2016.
This is the first time the manual, which documents water-quality information and outlines the good management practices (GMPs) already being implemented on farms in the Hurunui-Waiau zone, will be brought before the zone committee.
The document has been developed as part of the North Canterbury Sustainable Farm Systems Project which saw the creation of catchment groups with an estimated 120 farmers involved in the four main groups.
The groups have been working together to ensure dryland farmers continue to be good stewards of the land and are well represented in the development of water quality policies in the zone.
The zone committee, set up under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, works collaboratively to develop effective water management solutions that deliver economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes which align with what their local community values.
The North Canterbury Landcare Manual includes examples of good practices relating to soil, nutrient, water, irrigation, effluent and biodiversity management and showcases nine farms utilising good management practice techniques. The manual is yet to be officially launched. Read more...
The Hurunui, Waiau and Jed Nutrient Working Group met ten times between October 2014 and March 2015, attempting to reach consensus on how to address the unintended consequences for dryland farmers of the "10%-rule" in the Hurunui Waiau Rivers Regional Plan.
For the Nutrient Working Group story, see Hurunui Waiau and Jed Nutrient Working Group
Hurunui Waiau Zone Committee Annual Report for 2015
Canterbury Water Management Strategy Hurunui-Waiau ZIP
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