He Waka Eke Noa releases discussion document on farm emissions levies

Two options for how farmers could pay for their on-farm emissions have been released for discussion.

This is a consequence of the government’s announcement in 2019 that the sector would have to start paying for emissions from 2025.

As RNZ recalled in a report today, the industry was given time to develop a way to measure and price them.

The government said if no credible alternative was put forward agriculture would be put into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

RNZ says:

He Waka Eke Noa – The Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership which includes Beef and Lamb New Zealand, Federated Farmers and DairyNZ – today released a discussion document with two options. Continue reading

Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme reaches two-year milestone in good shape

The latest technical data shows New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

He recalled that the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision two years ago to go hard and commit to a 10-year, $880 million programme to eradicate M. bovis to protect our most important sector and the economy.

“Recent events have shown what an important moment this decision was for our economy,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Had we thrown up our hands and said ‘it’s too hard’ and left this disease to run rampant, I’m not sure our dairy and beef sectors would have been able to weather the economic storm of COVID-19 and the challenges of drought conditions as well as they have.

“Beef and dairy export prices have held up. In fact, there was record demand for our meat. In March total red meat monthly exports topped $1 billion for the first time. This shows that these sectors are well-placed to lead us out of this economic crisis. Continue reading