While many were at the lakes, the Government took the time to begin reviewing the Primary Growth Partnership programme.
National Party has since lashed out to protect its initiative, saying it’s has been given an impossibly small window of opportunity to provide feedback.
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National Agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy joins Rural Exchange to discuss the PGP’s recent review.
Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has previously been outspoken about his opposition to the initiative, once referring to the programme as a “slush fund”.
“O’Connor wanted to rip them all apart but realised that he couldn’t because they are legal contracts,” says Mr Guy.
To save face, [O'Connor] wanted to do a bit of a sneaky review over the summer period.
Mr Guy defends the current partnerships, saying that they achieve “a hell of a lot.”
After speaking to partnership stakeholders over the holiday season, he explains that “a whole lot of them didn’t realise this review was happening.”
Watch the full interview with Nathan Guy above.