Sustainable Farming Fund hits 1000 Projects

(Published on 16th June 2017)

NZ Landcare Trust CEO Dr Nick Edgar joined other invited guests to hear Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston celebrate the 1000th Sustainable Farming Fund project, at an event to mark the start of National Fieldays. The celebration included the launch of a commemorative booklet which spotlights 33 projects, including three NZ Landcare Trust projects - Starborough-Flaxbourne project, Sherry River project, and the Pomahaka project.

Minister Nathan Guy spoke about The Sustainable Farming Fund and it's key role supporting the primary sector’s own forward thinking. “1000 projects have now been funded since the fund was initiated in 2000. This represents around $150 million in government funding alongside a significant level of sector support."

"The fund has supported projects as diverse as reducing nutrient run off on lowland farms, reducing use of antimicrobials when managing mastitis, and increasing the market share for New Zealand olive oil,” Minister Guy said.

Associate Minister Louise Upston said much of the success of the fund is due to its grass-roots nature. “Each project brings together farmers, growers and foresters to work alongside scientists and researchers to solve a problem or seize an opportunity. The fund recognises that those closest to the problem or opportunity have a unique insight into how it could be addressed and how to best influence their peers’ behaviour.”

NZ Landcare Trust CEO Nick Edgar was pleased to see the organisation's projects profiled in the commemorative booklet. “This booklet speaks to the diversity of initiatives that the Sustainable Farming Fund has supported over the past 17 years.  Three projects that were led by NZ Landcare Trust are showcased in the booklet, and focus on our collaborative work with farmers and land managers.  They include our work on dryland farming issues and adaptation to climate change in Marlborough, and encouraging sustainable farming practices to support healthy river ecosystems in the Sherry River (Tasman) and Pomahaka River (Otago) catchments."

"In all our projects the Trust seeks to optimise farming profitability whilst improving environmental performance of the farming operation, both at the farm and catchment scale.  It is pleasing to see the Ministry of Primary Industries celebrating the achievements of their investments in agriculture in New Zealand.  The Trust is proud of our collaborative work with the farming community, our agency partners, and the Sustainable Farming Fund on these successful initiatives,” added Dr Edgar.

The Ministers also announced the winners of this year’s Emerging Primary Industries Leaders Scholarship - Julia Jones of KPMG and Jason Te Brake of Miraka.

“This scholarship recognises the importance of promoting strong leadership within the primary industries. It encourages those who have shown a commitment to the primary industries and have the potential to help guide the sector in the future,” Mr Guy said.

The winners will attend the Te Hono Stanford Bootcamp - a week-long programme held at Stanford University in California, USA. The boot camp is mainly for chief executives or people who hold senior governance roles within the primary sector.

The Emerging Primary Industries Leaders Scholarship is now in its second year, and is supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), AGMARDT (the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust) and Te Hono.

A copy of '1000 Projects and Counting: Celebrating the success of the Sustainable Farming Fund 2000-2017' is available from the MPI website>


Further information about the NZ Landcare Trust projects featured in the commemorative booklet can be found at the following links:









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