Govt launches “bold” primary sector plan to boost the economic recovery

The Government today launched what it is promoting as “a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade” while protecting the environment and growing jobs.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, describing it as “a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value for a sector vital to New Zealand’s economic recovery”.

The Fit for a Better World Action Plan is based on three themes:

      • Productivity: adding an additional $44 billion in export earnings over the next decade through a focus on creating value.
      • Sustainability: reducing our biogenic methane emissions to 24-47 per cent below 2017 levels by 2050; and 10 per cent below by 2030. Plus restoring New Zealand’s freshwater environments to a healthy state within a generation.
      • Inclusiveness: employing 10 per cent more New Zealanders from all walks of life in the food and fibre sector by 2030, and 10,000 more New Zealanders in the primary sector workforce over the next four years.

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Ministers announce changes to climate change committee’s terms of reference

Changes to the Terms of Reference for the Interim Climate Change Committee are intended to better prepare the Government to initiate meaningful change to key legislation, addressing the implications of a changing climate.

The changes were announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.

When the interim committee was established in April last year it was intended findings would be delivered to the Independent Climate Change Commission.
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