Four projects, which will address issues of nitrogen
leaching, dairy grazing on cropping farms, Argentine stem
weevil and slugs, are to be funded from the Ministry for
Primary Industry's 2014 Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF).
The Foundation for Arable Research (Far) has been awarded
more than $1.8 million for the four research projects.
Nick Pyke, chief executive officer for Far, said it was a
pleasing result and the four projects were a good fit for the
levy-funded organisation's research portfolio.
''Our aim, as a research organisation, is to increase the
profitability and sustainability of cropping farm systems.
Each of these four projects was developed as a result of
industry consultation and ... is focused quite clearly on
on-farm issues faced by our growers. Any information which
helps to provide solutions to these problems will be a big
help for them.''
Far will partner with other primary industry sectors, Crown
research institutes and regional councils in funding and
carrying out the projects.
Work will begin later this year.
There were 31 projects approved in the latest round of
funding through SFF, covering issues from water quality to
climate change. The government will contribute $9.9 million
and $8.7 million will come from co-funders.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the one common
factor in the projects was they would deliver real economic
and environmental benefits to New Zealand's primary
industries. They would make a real difference to regional
''For example, a project addressing water quality issues in
the Opihi catchment aims to increase profitability and
productivity while reducing the environmental impacts on
''The project will do this by working with dairy, sheep,
beef, cropping and deer farmers to ensure they understand
water quality issues and realistic land management solutions
to improve the quality of the surface and ground water in the
Opihi catchment,'' Mr Guy said.
The SFF has now received $122.8 million in government funding
across 906 projects.
The 2015-16 funding round will be launched in July.
- by Maureen Bishop