April 14, 2014
Subsidy to boost Maori land productivity
Five Maori projects have won grants totalling more than $2 million in the latest round of the Sustainable Farming Fund.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ has approved a total of 31 projects for this year in what works out as a dollar for dollar subsidy.
Deputy director general Ben Dalton says the five projects address a range of issues in Maori agribusiness from horticulture to improving farming practices and land restoration.
They include the Tuhono Whenua project which aims to lift the productivity and profitability of collectively owned Maori kiwifruit orchards in the Bay of Plenty, Northland and Gisborne by $10,000 a hectare through customised advice.
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