Federated Farmers wants New Zealand’s farmers to pat themselves on the back for making it possible for the country to afford the Budget announced by the Government.   National president Andrew Hoggard says the fact New Zealand’s internationally competitive, resilient and fleet-footed farmers and growers could roll with the COVID punches kept this country financially afloat. He  identified a few positives in today’s Budget, around additional support for streamlining farm planning, agricultural emissions research and boosting the effectiveness of NAIT.