Native planting tailored for better survival

Fonterra has announced a partnership between Farm Source and ecological consultancy Wildlands to reduce the cost of on-farm native planting.

Speaking at the dairy co-operative's annual meeting in Invercargill last week, chairman John Monaghan said Fonterra understood the significant uncertainty and frustration farmers felt when it came to the likes of climate change and freshwater.

The co-operative was putting more energy and resources into developing on-farm tools, research and solutions to help farmers continue to run healthy and sustainable businesses.

That included farm environment plans for all farms at no additional cost by 2025, which included tailored regional advice on effluent, riparian planting and nutrient regulations. Already 23% of Fonterra shareholder farms had a farm environment plan.

Planting was an important part of the solution but it was estimated that nearly half of those plants died either because they were not the right plant for the region, the climate or the soil, Mr Monaghan said.

Plant for Good would deliver plants and services to all Farm Source customers nationwide at a discounted rate.

It guaranteed a survival rate of at least 90% for the first 24 months, achieved through expert plant selection, regionally sourced plants and ongoing maintenance.


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