Funding has been secured by the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas
Research Consortium to continue research to find tools for
mitigating greenhouse gases.
Industry partners have committed $2.3 million, which will be
matched by the Government through the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment over the next seven years.
The research work will be led by AgResearch along with other
national and international groups.
A programme of activity was planned that would build on the
knowledge already gained from investments in recent years,
consortium manager Mark Aspin said.
That new work aimed to develop a suite of ready-made tools
that would reduce greenhouse gases by 30% by 2030 while
supporting the agricultural industry's growth targets of 2%
each year, Mr Aspin said.
Together with funds contributed from consortium partner
AgResearch, the annual research investment of $5.4 million
would specifically focus on refining animal breeding tools
for low emission livestock; identifying more low greenhouse
gas feeds; identifying inhibitors that reduce ruminant
emissions; developing a vaccine to reduce ruminant emissions,
and understanding the productivity effects and enhancing the
adoption of mitigations.