The National Party is pledging to cut excessive red tape that it says is tying up farmers and costing the economy. Party leader Christopher Luxon has unveiled the party’s “Getting back to farming” package, which includes 19 proposals. Among them are plans to ban foreign investment in farms being converted to forestry for carbon farming, and the doubling of the RSE worker cap from 19,000 workers to 38,000 workers a year. National would restart live exports of cattle with “gold standard” animal welfare rules and a requirement for purpose-built ships. A ban on the practice has comes into force at then end of this month. Chris Luxon says a broader range of activities will be allowed on highly-productive land, while protections would focus on areas of high environmental value.
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