New Zealand's farming industry was once well subsidized

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New Zealand's farming industry was once well subsidized

The agriculture industry in New Zealand was once so well subsidized that slaughterhouse workers were said to earn more than airline pilots, recalled William Rolleston, a farmer in South Canterbury and leading advocate for the sector.

A few decades ago, huge subsidies meant vast swathes of the country's marginal land cleared for grazing, fertilizer was overused, and the sheep population boomed to the point where surplus meat had to be destroyed.

According to a study by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity CBD, the subsidy programs in New Zealand took a toll on nature, polluting rivers and eroding soils. It could be due to a conflict with your Ad Blocking or Security software. You can add jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see this FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.