This is the next step of the dairy sector’s plan to create a culture of climate conscious agribusiness amongst farmers and the broader dairy industry, says DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.
“These fifteen men and women all represent best environmental farming practice for their farm system,” says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle. “They run their farms profitably and sustainably and are serious about reducing on farm greenhouse gas emissions.
“Many farmers are already leading with environmental practices, but these fifteen people have taken it a step further. They have not only been ahead of the game, but have undertaken to share their knowledge and learning with others.
“New Zealand has an opportunity under the Labour-led Government to set the global standard for climate conscious agribusiness. Rather than focusing on cow numbers, we want to focus on how we can continue to improve the sustainability of New Zealand’s agricultural sector. The first step is ensuring everyone understands the opportunities that lie ahead.
“The Climate Change Ambassadors are an important part of helping dairy farmers and our farming communities understand how they can make environmental improvements on their farms- the kinds of improvements that increase economic sustainability and help future proof their farming business.”
Identified through DairyNZ’s Dairy Environment Leaders programme, the Climate Change Ambassadors are already involved in a range of initiatives, including improving water quality, reviewing their farm system to reduce its environmental footprint, and working at a grass-roots level with their community to achieve better outcomes for the environment and farming.
“From today they will work with the rural community to help other farmers understand the challenge of climate change and what options they have right now to reduce biological emissions on their farm,” says Dr Mackle.
“Emission reduction is a challenge facing the entire food sector worldwide, and New Zealand’s is well placed to take on opportunity to showcase sustainable dairy to the world.
“New Zealand is already one of the lowest emission producers of dairy in the world. But for New Zealand to achieve its 2030 target, we must look at ways to reduce all gases across all sectors.”
“This isn’t just about dairy – all sectors need to scrutinise the way they operate. Only together can we help New Zealand transition to a low carbon economy.”
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