New Zealand’s farmers have become more productive using less land as the government grapples with the fallout from the Great Barrier Reef bleaching.
The latest figures show the country’s agri-food industry grew by 4.5 per cent over the past year, with the crop output growing at a rate of 13.7 per cent, or almost 10,000 tonnes.
Agriculture minister James Graham says the country is on track to meet its 2020 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent.
The figures show New Zealand saw an increase in the number of farms with annual farm sales of more than $50 million, which are growing more than 10,700 hectares of land each year.
The average farm sales per hectare has risen to $12,300 over the last 12 months, up from $10,400 in the previous 12 months.
That is despite the government’s decision last year to axe the countrys land grant to the country.
“We’ve taken an important step towards addressing some of the challenges facing our country, particularly our farmers,” Mr Graham said.
“But we’ve got to do it in a sustainable way.”
Agriculture Minister James Graham said he expects to have an update on the number and production of the country s farm land by the end of the year.
“This will be a really good snapshot,” he said.
New Zealand Agriculture Minister for Agriculture James Graham has been working with the Government’s Agri-Food New Zealand (AGNZ) team on reducing greenhouse gas emission.
Mr Graham says he expects the country to meet a target of reducing greenhouse gases emissions by up to 20 per c.
Mr Johnson said the increase in farmers’ land production is a positive sign that the country has managed to cut its emissions.
“It’s a very encouraging sign, and it’s an encouraging sign that we’ve managed to stay in the green.”
He said the data showed that farmers were increasing the amount of land they have in their fields, which will help to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
“There are areas of the economy that have to be able to cope with the effects of climate and we need to be doing all we can to mitigate those impacts,” he told 7.30.
“And I think that’s what’s happening.”
But there has been criticism of the Governments land policy.
The Agriculture Department has been under fire for cutting a grant to farmers, and cutting the land grant program altogether, and for not being able to guarantee the quality of the land being used.
The Government says it will be able give the best advice to farmers and farmers will have the best access to land.
Agriculture Minister Jim Bevan said that was why he was happy with the figures.
“I think it’s good for the farmers.
Farmers who were given grants in the past have said they were surprised at the increase, and were disappointed by the decision to axe them. “
The fact that it’s increasing, which has a negative impact on them, it’s also good for me because I’m able to get out there and talk to the farmers and talk about their challenges.”
Farmers who were given grants in the past have said they were surprised at the increase, and were disappointed by the decision to axe them.
They say they were hoping for more money to help farmers.