The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced a $6.9 million investment over three years in 25 new projects through the Sustainable Farming Fund.
The fund supports farmers and researchers involved at grass-roots level to tackle shared problems or to develop new opportunities.
The ministry’s director-general, Martyn Dunne, said:
“Every year we receive a very high calibre of project applications, and this year was no different. This year’s projects cover nine primary sectors including horticulture, forestry, dairy and meat.
“Each project has a number of milestones to reach over the three years. As milestones are reached, information is shared among the community who benefits from the project. Through the fund, we are able to support industries and communities to help each other carry out applied research and field trials.
“Our investment programmes team supports each project through their milestones and each year we are pleased by the quality of projects, and the results they produce.”
Supported by the Sustainable Farming Fund, some of the problems or opportunities being looked into include:
- optimising pollination of Gold3 kiwifruit under hail netting;
- resource development for new-entrant deer farmers;
- reducing use of antimicrobials when managing mastitis;
- understanding and managing grain storage pests;
- increasing the market share for New Zealand olive oil.