21-11-2013 05:43 AM | New Zealand

Dairy farming harming water

New Zealand's changing farming landscape is badly affecting water quality in the region, with it likely to continue deteriorating.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment today released a report on water quality which highlights how the country is facing a ''classic economy versus environment dilemma''.

According to the report, some 283,700 hectares of land has been converted to dairy between 1996 and 2008, at the same time sheep/beef farming land decreased by nearly 500,000ha. Southland has the second highest conversion rate with 111,900ha, just behind Canterbury with 122,500ha.
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