[30 November/ NZ Herald]

Farmers, growers and foresters in the South Island’s earthquake affected regions have been encouraged to use the $5,000 worth of funded advisory services each to plan how they would farm in the future. The Ministry for Primary Industries has approved at least 20 suppliers of advisory services to help farmers decide the best way to farm or use their damaged land in the future. Services could include long term land use planning, farm business strategic planning, environmental plants, farm system analysis, alternate use and farm change scenarios, and technical or financial advice and planning.