Press Release – Federated Farmers
In the first outcome from the recent Police-Federated Farmers Letter of Agreement, Federated Farmers is asking its members to actively assist the Police in combating the cultivation of cannabis.12 December 2011
Cannabis growers put on notice by Federated Farmers
In the first outcome from the recent Police-Federated Farmers Letter of Agreement, Federated Farmers is asking its members to actively assist the Police in combating the cultivation of cannabis.
“We know from experience growers will focus their attention on back country areas and planting among crops like maize because it can mask cannabis from all but the air,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President, speaking on behalf of the Federation’s rural security spokesperson, David Rose.
“We’re under no illusion that cannabis growers are selfish criminals who have no scruples over whose land they use or damage. Growers will actively use cultivated land because it provides the best environment for a crop no farmer wants.
“We also suspect criminal elements associated with growers are connected to rustling and the trade in black market meat. This is why there are some practical things farmers can do to actively aid the Police.
“Farmers should record and report all suspicious activities to the Police and if possible, vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of vehicles and occupants. Naturally, the Police will want to know the location where suspicious activity has been seen.
“Federated Farmers understands that due to isolation, some farmers may feel intimidated, but we’d encourage them to speak to their local Police, call 111 in emergencies or, alternatively, provide information anonymously through the independent Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
“They can also pass on information via members of their Federated Farmers provincial executive.
“It’s also a case of ensuring you get to know your neighbours and vice-versa. As a rural community we need to make sure cannabis growers aren’t welcome because they are like invasive noxious weeds. With any weed, you really need to stamp them out early.
“The cultivation of cannabis undermines rural security so we’re asking our members and the rural community to come together with us and the Police.
“To the growers who may read or hear about this, my suggestion is to think twice about going into rural New Zealand. Federated Farmers is actively working with the Police and there are thousands of eyes who’ll gladly help to catch you,” Mr Wills concluded.
People can call the independent Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111
For the release issued by the Police, please click here.