Liz Evans, Rural Women New Zealand national president and NZ Landcare Trust trustee recently attended the launch of the community driven, Rai Valley/Pelorus Farm Fact Sheet. Members of the Rai Valley/Pelorus farming community have been working with the NZ Landcare Trust to produce a set of practical steps for maintaining and improving water quality in the high rainfall conditions experienced in the Rai-Pelorus Catchments.
It highlights four key points:
- keep stock out of waterways
- adequate effluent storage capacity
- low rate effluent application
- attention to nutrient managementEach aspect is clearly illustrated in this poster format document, offering a punchy practical guide to assist making changes on the ground.
Farmer Brent Morrison opened the event by saying, “ farmers love their land and the rivers in the area. Most farmers have already completed works on bridges and culverts which are expensive and this has brought about significant improvement in water quality at the Rai Falls.”