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Low emissions farm systems for the Maori sector
The project is designed to assist Maori farmers in New Zealand to improve their collective capacity to increase resource efficiency and farm productivity while lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This involves three objectives:
1. Define the characteristics of the Maori agribusiness sector drawing on a network of 30 Maori farm entities that are representative of the main farm typologies (predominant pastoral farming systems) on Maori land;
2. Identify the key factors that underpin farm productivity, resource and emission efficiency and sustainable profitability; and
3. Identify, test and communicate a range of mitigation strategies to other Maori farms and the wider industry.
Report: Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Progress over the first year from the Low emissions farm systems for the Maori sector project includes:
- Development of a typology of Maori farming
- The collection of farm and GHG emission profiles on 29 Maori farms from around the country, with 2 more to come. This includes 18 sheep & beef farms, and 11 dairy farms
- The selection of 4 Focus farms; 2 dairy (Bay of Plenty, Taranaki), and 2 S&B (Northland, East Coast)
- The development of Farmax files for each focus farm to allow for farm system modelling, and Overseer files to (a) establish the base GHG emission profile and (b) model the impact of change scenarios
- Data collated to allow for national benchmarking of the emission profiles
- Meetings held with the Trustees of the 4 focus farms and agreement gained re (a) participation in the project and (b) discussion on scenarios for modelling
- Development of priority scenarios for modelling of change in farm systems and subsequent impacts on GHG emissions.
- Development of farm maps to assist with the modelling
- A paper has been produced on the project to date and submitted to an international journal.
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