Large farm takeover causes concerns over forestation of farmland in New Zealand
09 September 2019
The Wairarapa community in New Zealand expressed their opposition as the local large farm Lagoon Hill Station was acquired by a Swiss company, which reportedly plans to convert a quarter of the station’s farmland into a forestry. The farm is engaged in sheep and beef breeding on a farmland area of 4,000 hectares. The locals fear that conversion of a farmland into forestry will result in a loss of jobs in the area.
On the contrary, the New Zealand Forest Owners Association indicates that anxiety about possible unemployment is unwarranted, because forestry gives as many jobs as farming. Currently, New Zealand observes a reverse trend towards the shift in land use and converting animal farmland to forest.