NEW ZEALAND: Ag Minister wants Crafars out of industry, criticises Fonterra
Posted: September 30th, 2009 - 7:45am
Source: New Zealand Herald
Agriculture Minister David Carter says 'dirty dairy farmer' Allan Crafar could do huge damage to New Zealand's reputation and needed to leave the industry, but MAF, Fonterra and Crafar's banks should work independently to deal with Crafar Farms financial and operational problems.
The government would not intervene to force a solution, he said.
A video showing animal neglect at Crafar Farms' was obtained by interest.co.nz this week, shocking many farmers and townies alike.
"He's certainly the type of person who potentially does huge damage to New Zealand's reputation," Agriculture and Forestry Minister David Carter told interest.co.nz in an interview.
"From what we saw last night, it's fairly clear to me that he's a person we want out of the New Zealand agriculture industry," said Carter, who owns two large sheep and beef farms.