$1.5m to help farmers trial low nitrogen land uses

Rural Exchange 22/09/2018
Lake Rotorua. Photo: Getty.

Rotorua has been set up as a trial for farmers to develop new income streams outside traditional farming.

Landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment may be eligible for a piece of a $1.5 million fund if they’re interesting in trialling low nitrogen land uses.

“The purpose is to fund research that assists landowners to reduce the nitrogen losses from their property,” says Anna Grayling, principal adviser of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

According to the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, alternative land uses could include manuka oil plantations, growing kakakawa for traditional Maori medicine, or even establishing agri-tourism ventures.

“This is basically designed to show farmers before they make the change how profitable these other land uses are,” Ms Grayling told RadioLIVE.

Funding can be applied towards set-up costs, consultants and even marketing to get a new operation started.

Support will be available to help people complete the expression of interest and develop their idea.

Listen to the full interview with Anna Grayling above.

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