The importance of the agricultural sector to the country is undisputed. Social Credit views family owned farms as the best in terms of production and environmental responsibility. We see a future in diversification and high value niche market organics.

Social Credit will support the agriculture sector by:


• Encouraging low-volume, high value primary agricultural products


• Processing of primary products close to their source where practicable, enhancing local communities


• Supporting individual, family or co-operative ownership of agricultural land, and discouraging big corporate style farming operations


• Helping Kiwi farmers buy their own farms by re-establishing the Rural Bank & making low interest loans available


• Preventing the sale of agricultural land into foreign ownership


• Implementing plant-breeding programmes to maintain pure strains of seed stock


• Promoting research into and use of biological control of agricultural pests, rather than the use of chemicals


• Phasing out the use of 1080 aerial drops as quickly as practicable (see our 1080 policy here)


• Eradication or control of noxious weeds and animals


• Promotion of ‘energy farming’ using renewable resources


• Getting rid of the Emissions Trading Scheme


• Providing support for fencing waterways, renewing wetland areas, and planting native trees


• Resourcing inspection teams to ensure more thorough inspection of all goods entering New Zealand, to minimise the likelihood of damage to agriculture and the environment from imported pests and diseases