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

Large impact of land use change

The largest impact on reducing GHG emissions was achieved via land use change into forestry. Both enterprises had targeted increased areas of forestry planting on their sheep & beef farms. Both enterprises also have an issue in that they have large areas of pre1990 production forest, which cannot be claimed as an offset.

The horticultural enterprise considered (chestnuts) had a negative impact on GHG emissions and a positive inpact on profit levels, albeit restricted to the relatively-small size of the proposed plantings; 10 and 40ha respectively.

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