1 Oct 2010

No slack for Otago farmers in the wet - regional council

6:12 am on 1 October 2010

Otago Regional Council says it won't ease up on dairy farmers who are struggling to manage overflowing effluent ponds in the extreme wet conditions.

Councils in some parts of the country, including Southland and Manawatu, are giving farmers breathing space to deal with effluent build up, by suspending compliance.

However, Otago Regional Council says the basic rules of effluent management still apply in Otago whether there's been a flood or a drought.

Regional services manager Jeff Donaldson says the council will continue to inspect effluent systems and prosecute any farmer found to be irrigating on saturated soils, or discharging effluent to waterways.

Waikato dairy farmers also need to ensure they are managing any overflow of effluent.

The regional council says it will continue with general monitoring of farms.