Minister of Agriculture David Carter has announced the government will establish a greenhouse gas research centre.
“It is clear that agriculture will be part of New Zealand’s emissions reduction efforts, but the sector must have access to effective and affordable technology that doesn’t compromise productivity,” Mr Carter says.
The centre would be funded through the Primary Growth Partnership, announced in last week’s Budget, and would be run through a host provider, most likely a Crown Research Institute or university.
The centre will be operating by next year and the government is committed to funding it for 10 years.
This is a very sensible response to the politics of climate change. We have to be seen to be doing something and research could have both environmental and economic benefits.