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Research programme set to transform dairy industry

DairyNZ and Fonterra said the creation of a NZ$170 million research programme through the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) would transform the dairy industry.

The programme would include research and training to boost on-farm productivity and sustainability, as well as post-farm gate research in the areas of nutrition, food structure and manufacturing and supply chain processes.

The on-farm component includes a range of training, networking and professional development activities, as well as research into using genomic tools to identify genes that boost production, while reducing emissions and waste.

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said it was designed to bring benefits across the primary sector.

“This major investment will create the biggest change in decades in research, training, and knowledge transfer to increase the rate of innovation on both sides of the farm gate, all of which can be leveraged to benefit New Zealand’s wider primary industry,” Mackle said.

DairyNZ is contributing NZ$29 million and Fonterra NZ$47 million to the seven year programme. A further $9 million is being contributed by the other PGP industry partners: Synlait, Landcorp, Young Farmers, Agricultural Services and ZESPRI.

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