Low emissions farm systems for the Māori sector

This project aims to improve the capacity of Māori farmers to improve their efficiency and productivity while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Two Māori agri-business entities involving dairy, sheep and beef, forestry and horticulture are having their GHG emissions modelled including looking at how these emissions and profitability can be balanced at a business level.

In addition, the project investigates decision-making criteria and issues around introducing new GHG mitigation strategies and analyses any barriers to the uptake of such strategies. 

More information can be found at Reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Māori-owned farms (external website)

Current progress and related stories

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.

Read full report

pdf Maori GHG Project 2015 EoY Report.pdf (1.28MB)

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