Farming is our country’s backbone

Rural bubble ...  Sally Rae at home on a North Otago farm with her horse Storm.
Rural bubble ... Sally Rae at home on a North Otago farm with her horse Storm.
Thank goodness for farmers.

As we enter the fourth week of life in our Covid-19 lockdown bubbles, it is increasingly evident that it will be our farming sector that gets us through this unprecedented time — and out the other side — playing a critical role in helping rebuild New Zealand’s economy.

Never has it been more evident that farming remains the backbone of this country.

In the meantime, living in a rural community feels like a pretty good place to be right now and, on farms, daily life continues in a more normal manner than in the cities.

For many farmers, farming in isolation and dealing with challenges outside of their control is fairly normal.

One positive to come out of all this upheaval is hopefully a greater appreciation of farmers and other food producers. Long may that continue.

So take a bow farmers and growers and all those still working to support our rural sector, and ultimately our country’s economy.

On a personal note, grateful thanks to all those involved in the production of this week’s Central Rural Life, which has been put together remotely from kitchen tables and makeshift offices throughout Canterbury and Otago.

Thanks team.

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