A government grant to grow vegies – well, yes, but only for those deemed to be “special” citizens

May 17, 2010

Ooh, that sounds like a great scheme, Mrs Grumble gurgled this morning on hearing that the Government is giving away money to help people grow their own vegetables.

Fair to say, Alf didn’t think it such a good idea unless Mrs Grumble was willing to do all the digging, the hoeing, the weeding and so on.

Let’s face it: you can get vegetables a helluva lot quicker by driving down to the supermarket than by growing them at home.

But Mrs Grumble was on a roll. Her argument: you don’t know where those supermarket vegetables have been grown or to what extent they have been drenched in bloody herbicides and pesticides? And that being so, then how are we to know when eating that stuff might be tantamount to suicide?

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Phew! Feds finally find favour with CIF move

March 9, 2009

They’re a hard bunch to please, those Federated Farmers wallahs.

It took them a bloody week to say Alf’s mate, Agriculture Minister David Carter, has done rural people a favour by expanding the Community Irrigation Fund to enable local authorities to apply for rural water storage grants.

The decision was recorded here last week as something likely to be cheered by the rural community.

But the feds obviously wanted to think long and hard about it before they did any cheering.
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