The Government is backing a project to support Māori landowners to invest in New Zealand’s rapidly growing sheep milk industry, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said today.
It is investing in the Māori Agribusiness Sheep Milk Collective, which aims to have several farms milking about 25,000 sheep and potentially employing more than 100 people by 2030.
Global demand for sheep milk and sheep milk products is booming, Mr O’Connor said. Exports of New Zealand sheep milk products were valued at $20 million in 2020.
The Government is injecting $700,000 into the Māori Agribusiness Sheep Milk Collective to help it explore the potential to sustainably produce sheep milk at scale, create jobs and further grow this emerging export market.
The collective is made up of 20 Māori land trusts and incorporations that own more than 24,000 hectares of land stretching from the western shore of Lake Taupō to the Hauraki Plains. Continue reading