February 07, 2014
Ideas fertilise farmers’ minds
Maori organic farmers will get some hard science to spread with their compost at the second national conference on biological farming systems in Rotorua later this month.
Organiser Guna Magesan, who is science advisor to Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities, says interest in biological farming is growing and needs to be taken to a different level.
More than 120 farmers, Maori land owners, soil and environmental scientists, land management specialists, and representatives from government agencies, regional councils, fertiliser companies, agricultural and horticultural businesses have already registered.
They will hear from university researchers, crown research institutes, farmers and consultants.
Professor Magesan says bringing together Maori and Pakeha farmers, industry associations, science communities, and government funding agencies together will provide a platform for change.
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