Farmers have chance to grill candidates

23:45, Aug 31 2014

Invercargill electoral candidates expect economic policy and environmental issues to be the hot topics when they address a Federated Farmers' candidate meeting tomorrow night.

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Federated Farmers Southland branch president Russell MacPherson said the organisation's role in the election process was to help inform farmers rather than advocate political policy. "The federation is here not to tell you how to vote, but to give you the opportunity to listen to the candidates and for you to make up your own mind," he said.

Farmers could submit questions for the candidates ahead of the event and the meeting was a chance for farmers to get a better grasp on parties' rural policy, MacPherson said. "Farming's important to New Zealand and New Zealanders. We've got to understand where parties are coming from, around farming issues and water quality."

Jonny Turner is a Southern Institute of Technology journalism student.

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