Taranaki farmers go digital

Farmers, foresters and other land-based operators in Taranaki have a new digital tool to help them stay up to date.

The digital hub gives farmers and rural operators an easy way to find the information they need to meet environmental requirements and expectations, while still maintaining production targets.

The land and farm hub has been created by the Taranaki Regional Council to bring together information from a variety of sources.

The council’s director-operations Stephen Hall says the hub is hosted on the council’s website and includes an extensive range of information and guidance.

“We’ve developed this hub drawing on material developed by key players in the rural sector regionally and nationally,” he said.

“The majority of farmers and others working on the land understand they need to do the right thing, particularly from an environmental perspective.”

Hall says the hub aims to give farmers and others easy access to tools that help them to identify the environmental risks of their activities, and to address those risks.

“A lot of work has been done on these aspects right across the sector, and a lot of information and guidance is available,” he says.

“So the idea is to provide an easy way to hone in on the specific information you need rather than being bewildered by the sheer volume of material available.”

The new digital portal covers a range of topics including:

  • Good farm practice
  • Sector-based farm environmental plans and the region’s own sustainability-focused farm and property plans
  • Regulatory requirements for farmers and farm contractors, forestry operators, site-works contractors and others involved in land-based activities in Taranaki
  • How rural landholders and others can do their bit to protect and improve native biodiversity.