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It’s time to reward farmers for looking after the land

Prem Maan, executive chairman of Southern Pastures says the Government should reward farmers for adopting regenerative agriculture techniques, rather than applying punitive regulations.

OPINION: The coronanvirus crisis has shown us what can be achieved in New Zealand if we work towards a common goal rather than being wholly directed by self-interest.

In my view, farming in New Zealand could be driven by a similarly united ambition to become, first, carbon neutral and then, ultimately, a net extractor of atmospheric carbon.

There is a clear need to make our farms more sustainable — environmentally, economically and socially. Farming that produces more each year with fewer inputs and is resilient to climate volatility is in our common interest.

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