29 Aug 2011

Farmers tired of being treated as scapegoats, says Nicolson

2:06 pm on 29 August 2011

The former president of Federated Farmers, Don Nicolson, says ACT is working on an agricultural manifesto which recognises the importance of farming to the New Zealand economy.

Mr Nicolson, placed at number four on the party's list for the general election, says it's no secret farmers are tired of being treated as scapegoats by political parties.

He says respect for property rights has been lost, and compensation for taking property in the public interest should be written in to the Resource Management Act.

Under the Local Government Act, he says, farmers pay the lion's share of many district councils' rates but do not use that proportion of the services.