17 Jun 2010

New water policy seen as "moratorium" by farmers

6:00 am on 17 June 2010

Federated Farmers says a draft policy on water mooted by Environment Minister Nick Smith, amounts to a moratorium on intensive development.

Dr Smith, gave a strong indication on Wednesday that he plans to adopt a tough new policy to clean up polluted rivers.

The policy was recommended by a board of inquiry in February.

But Federated Farmers says farmers strongly oppose the policy.

Dairy chair Lachlan McKenzie says it would mean a moratorium on the expansion of intensive dairying and all other types of development.