The country’s biggest crown research institute AgResearch says New Zealand is not working fast enough to reduce farm-based greenhouse gas emissions to avert the “food miles” threat to exports.
Chief executive Andrew West said technology
was already available to improve productivity or reduce environmental impacts,
but it was not being taken up by farmers. The 3% annual re-sow rate among
Waikato dairy farmers might have left them trailing pasture technology by up to
30 years, he said.
Get inside the heads
The company employed 15
social science researchers “to get inside the heads of farmers” to understand
why they were not seeing value in things like new pasture technology, and to
make technology transfer more efficient and effective.
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